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What now for Alex Mowatt after Pablo Hernandez signing?

Swansea's Pablo Hernandez

Leeds United's seventh signing could have a direct impact on the young midfielder.

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

Following the news that Pablo Hernandez has signed for Leeds United – and that Whites manager Garry Monk intends to use him as a number 10 – it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Alex Mowatt.

The 21-year-old could soon be the last of the much heralded quartet to still be at Elland Road, if Charlie Taylor follows Sam Byram and Lewis Cook out the door this summer, but with just a year remaining on his own deal there is no guarantee Mowatt will be there for the long haul.

Pablo Hernandez of Swansea City appeals for a decision

His best position is as a central attacking midfielder, operating behind the front players and allowed to shoot and create at will.

However, if Hernandez is tasked with that role, Mowatt could find himself fighting for a first-team spot just when his future is at its foggiest.

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

An in-form Mowatt is a wonderful option for Leeds, and Monk will need all the players in his first-team squad at times during a long Championship campaign.

The problem is, if Hernandez hits the ground running the youngster could be little more than a bit-part player and at this stage of his career that is not really an option.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

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