A victim of Cellino's policy: Alex Mowatt's fall from grace at Leeds United was inevitable

Leeds' Alex Mowatt celebrates scoring their second goal

Leeds United sold Alex Mowatt to Barnsley a week ago.

It is a week since Leeds United made the decision to sell Alex Mowatt to Barnsley, a decision which split supporters.

On one hand Mowatt was purely being used as a back-up at the club and was expendable, while on the other, Leeds were being too quick to discard a former academy lad who was the team's player of the season in 2014/15.

Leeds' Alex Mowatt celebrates scoring their second goalLeeds' Alex Mowatt celebrates scoring against Cambridge

Unfortunately for Mowatt, the club's constant chopping and changing of managers made his demise somewhat inevitable, and led to him going off the boil.

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If there is one player since 2014 who has been a direct victim of club owner Massimo Cellino's hire and fire policy, Mowatt is it.

It was Neil Redfearn who coached Mowatt up through the youth team and oversaw his rise to first team prominence.

When he was harshly removed as manager in 2015, Mowatt's troubles started, failing to grasp Uwe Rosler's tactics and approach, and only playing well in spurts under Steve Evans. 

Leeds Utd’s Alex Mowatt looks dejected after missing a chance to scoreLeeds Utd’s Alex Mowatt looks dejected after missing a chance to score

Current boss Garry Monk simply didn't fancy him, preferring a different approach instead, but by time Monk came in, Mowatt's confidence was not at the level it was a year earlier.

Mowatt has to take some of the blame himself, after all, Charlie Taylor and Lewis Cook continued to flourish after Redfearn's departure.

Yet it can be argued that fairly their continued success was despite Cellino's hire and fire policy, and certainly not owed to it.

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When new managers come in with fresh systems and personnel requirements, it is inevitable players get moved on to. Unfortunately for Mowatt he bore the brunt of the merry-go-round, instead of being allowed to continue flourishing under the stability which Neil Redfearn provided him and his career.

Leeds are where Cellino wanted them to be, in the play-offs battling for promotion, so by hook or by crook, it can be argued that the Italian's approach is paying dividends, but Alex Mowatt's dream has fallen by the wayside en route.

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