Leeds would be making massive mistake going into next season without extending Alex Mowatt's contract

General view inside the stadium

The 21-year-old is about to begin the final year of his current deal with the Championship club.

Leeds United's Alex Mowatt in action with Brentford's Lasse Vibe

A recent report in the Yorkshire Evening Post claimed that Leeds United had yet to make contact with Alex Mowatt about extending his contract at Elland Road. And if they do not act quickly, it could be a case of history repeating itself.

Mowatt is entering the final year of his current deal (via Yorkshire Evening Post), much like Sam Byram was this time last summer.

Alex Mowatt (R) celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Leeds United

The academy graduate left the Whites in January, but it was arguably one year ago that the damage was done. The Guardian reported that the right-back was offered a new deal by Massimo Cellino, but on lower wages than he had previously been on.

With Premier League clubs obviously keeping an eye on Byram, it is hardly surprising that he chose to reject the offer on the table.

And by the time United tried to make amends a few months later, the writing was on the wall for the youngster's time with the club, especially as his form in the weeks before his departure was perhaps the best of his career, meaning that both Everton and West Ham agreed a fee with Leeds for the player, with the latter eventually winning the race (via Guardian).

Leeds United's Sam Byram

Though talk surrounding Mowatt's deal is at a different stage, the message the club are sending out with their apparent silence is arguably similar to the one they sent out with Byram: the midfielder is not irreplaceable.

While his form this past season would arguably support that theory, there is no question that Mowatt has previously shown moments of brilliance that you would expect of a Premier League player.

His goals against Cardiff and Huddersfield this past term were of the highest quality, with the strike against the former proving especially important and demonstrating a lot about his character.

Alex Mowatt celebrates after scoring the third goal for Leeds

The long-range effort against the Bluebirds provided Leeds with their first win at home for several months. That kind of run meant that many players would have feared trying such an audacious strike from that distance, but Mowatt had the bravery to have a go, and the quality to pull it off.

And while it could be several months before they are forced into a decision like they were with Byram, going into the new campaign without making him aware of how valued he is could ultimately spell the end of his Leeds career. 

If he is able to put his poor form behind him, and conjure the moments of magic that United supporters know he is capable of and become the talisman that he was during the 2014/15 season, then Premier League sides will surely take notice.

By then, it may be too late once again for United to prevent another of their brightest talents moving on, with the only decision that Leeds get a say in being when they allow him to go. 

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