The international break is coming to an end and Leeds United are looking forward to an all-Yorkshire clash against Barnsley at Oakwell. It is a big game for Leeds, who will be hoping to get back to winning ways following their 1-0 loss to Swansea City last time out.
To do so, Leeds will have to keep a former Elland Road favourite quiet. Alex Mowatt is set to return from a neck injury in time for the Leeds clash and it will give the midfielder a chance to show just why he was once so highly-rated in West Yorkshire.
Mowatt burst onto the scene in 2013 and the youngster looked like being a future Leeds star. In 2014-15 he was the club’s player of the year and was heavily linked with £7 million moves to Liverpool, Everton and Hull City that summer.
Leeds managed to keep Mowatt but his form dipped dramatically. By 2017 he was not in Garry Monk’s first-team picture. With his contract expiring, he was sold to Leeds’ Yorkshire rivals for a cut-price fee, reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post to be around £500,000.
It took Mowatt time to settle at Barnsley, even heading out on loan to Oxford United. But last season Mowatt was a key player in Barnsley’s League One promotion success. With eight goals and eight assists from 51 games, he found himself in the Football League Team of the Year alongside Leeds defender Liam Cooper.
Plenty of Leeds fans were disappointed with the way Monk discarded of Mowatt. Now the 24-year-old will be hoping he is recovered from injury time to highlight just why Leeds’ old regime made a mistake not backing him at Elland Road.