Barnsley's Alex Mowatt comments on Leeds United's promotion hopes

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...

Championship promotion chasers Leeds United sold Alex Mowatt - a League One Team of the Year member - to Yorkshire rivals Barnsley in 2016.

Alex Mowatt of Barnsley during the Sky Bet League One match between Barnsley and Walsall at Oakwell Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Barnsley, United Kingdom.

Alex Mowatt has shown little signs of bitterness towards his former club Leeds United, telling Jim White on talkSPORT (12:00pm) that he wants Marcelo Bielsa’s side to celebrate a long-awaited promotion this season.

The Doncaster-born midfielder looked set for big things at Elland Road when he broke into the first-team with a glut of scorching strikes during the 2014/15 season, winning the Player’s Player of the Year award on the back of an outstanding Championship campaign.

 

But Mowatt failed to build on that initial promise, struggling as the club went through a number of managers during the erratic reign of Massimo Cellino before joining Yorkshire rivals Barnsley for £600,000 in January 2017 (YEP).

To his credit, however, Mowatt admits that he is still rooting for the club he joined at the age of nine with Leeds looking set for the play-offs are seemingly throwing away a chance for a top two finish.

“Hopefully Leeds go up, I know they’ve had a little stumble but I’m sure they’ll go up in the play-offs,” the 24-year-old said, showing plenty of confidence that Bielsa can turn around a disastrous collapse.

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...

Mowatt himself has rebuild his reputation with Barnsley in League One, tallying eight goals and eight assists to earn a place in the League One Team of the Season – an accolade that the midfielder was very proud to receive.

“Its massive, I know the players vote for you, it shows how well we’ve done this season and its really exciting.”

A number of Leeds fans admitted on Twitter that they would welcome Mowatt back to Elland Road but it seems that time has passed.

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.

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