Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to discuss the news that Alex Mowatt has left Elland Road for Championship rivals Barnsley for an undisclosed fee (via Barnsley's official website).
Mowatt was arguably the most first-team ready of all the youth academy graduates that have pushed for a chance when he burst onto the scene in 2013, but his career has stagnated over the last couple of years.
This season had seen Mowatt struggle to find his ideal position. Based on their current form, Garry Monk's 4-2-3-1 system seems to have got the best out of the squad he has available.
The one player to perhaps suffer because of the system however, is Mowatt. The position that the youngster showed glimpses of real quality in was the central attacking midfield role, but unfortunately, Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe have been brilliant when deployed there.
That was perhaps why Leeds allowed the 21-year-old's contract to run into its final six months (via Yorkshire Evening Post), and ultimately why they were willing to allow the talented midfielder to move to Oakwell.
While there is a sense of disappointment amongst Leeds supporters following the news of Mowatt's departure, the disappointment does not stem from him joining a team in the same division but actually seems to predominantly centre around the fact that he will not realise his obvious potential with the Whites.
@alex_mowatt Sad to see you leave Alex. All the best for the future.— Richard Sutton (@rich_sutt) 27 January 2017
Good luck to @alex_mowatt I'm sure he has a bright future ahead of him— Em (@emlufc) 27 January 2017
I like Mowatt and hope he does well but I'm not gutted to see him go. The club is moving forward and I'd rather see that. #LUFC— Alex (@AlexHealy87) 27 January 2017
I get the argument that Mowatt was a fringe player with six months left, but still gutted to see him go. #lufc— Steve Adams (@steveads1970) 27 January 2017
Alex Mowatt was still young, full of potential but unproven, my call is this is a mistake, we have 'given' him away... #lufc— LUFC_in_Tokyo (@Tokyo_LUFC) 27 January 2017
Already miss you from Leeds @alex_mowatt, wish you all the best for the future⚽— Hugo Ahl (@hugooahl) 27 January 2017
Why have Leeds got rid of mowatt, looks quality every time I see him play— Jake Wood (@JWsnakehips) 27 January 2017
The harsh fact is Mowatt is not good enough to get into our team so he has gone to Barnsley to play football. Fair enough. MOT— Matt Greenwood (@MattistutaG) 27 January 2017
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