Linked with Premier League move in 2015; ex-Leeds man Alex Mowatt is now struggling for minutes in League One

Alex Mowatt of Leeds scores during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Leeds United at St Andrews (stadium) on September 13, 2014 in Birmingham, England.

Alex Mowatt once appeared set to be the focal point of the Leeds United side, but his career has not quite lived up to expectation just yet.

Alex Mowatt of Leeds United (front) celebrates as he scores their second goal during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Cambridge United and Leeds United at Cambs Glass Stadium...

After the 2014/15 season, it appeared that Leeds simply had to build their team around Alex Mowatt, on one condition... that they could keep the Premier League sides at bay.

The Daily Mirror reported in March 2015 that Liverpool had been scouting the Whites academy graduate, who would end that particular campaign with nine Championship goals, just one behind striker Mirco Antenucci who finished the season as their top goalscorer.

Leeds United's Alex Mowatt in action during  the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Leeds United at the Riverside on September 27, 2015 in Middlesbrough, England.

Mowatt appeared, at that time, to be the jewel in the crown of all of the academy graduates at Elland Road - who had arguably been providing one of the few positives during a disappointing first full season of the Massimo Cellino era.

His talent and potential would have left many Leeds fans feeling that getting promoted to the Premier League would be the only way that they would be able to hold onto him as he looked destined for the top, regardless of whether the Yorkshire side got there or not.

The following season would be more of a struggle for Mowatt as he scored just twice in the league - but he did provide a major glimpse of his quality with a stunning strike that ended Leeds' long-wait for a home win when they faced Cardiff in November 2015. 

Steve Evans seemed to find it difficult to find the midfielder's best role in the team, and his successor Garry Monk had found it even more challenging by the time the most recent January transfer window came around.

Alex Mowatt of Leeds scores during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Leeds United at St Andrews (stadium) on September 13, 2014 in Birmingham, England.

Of Mowatt's 15 league appearances during his final season with Leeds, he started just four times and had failed to score. And, in a move that would have seemed unthinkable two years previously but sadly was actually met with little fanfare, Mowatt moved to Championship rivals Barnsley in January.

But unfortunately for the 22-year-old, his plight from Premier League target did not end there as he was sent off on his Tykes debut and struggled to make an impact at Oakwell.

He joined Oxford United on a season-long loan in the summer, linking up with former Leeds assistant boss Pep Clotet who is in charge at the Kassam Stadium. But again, things have not exactly gone to plan for the midfielder, with just one start and four substitute appearances coming so far for the League One side.

But while it remains to be seen whether there is another sad twist in store for Mowatt as he tries to deliver on the promise he showed during his time at Leeds, Whites fans will surely look back on some of his stunning goals and feel that there are few players who are more talented and better equipped to bounce back from a disappointing couple of years.

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