alex mowatt signs long term deal with leedsBack
Alex Mowatt has agreed a long term contract to stay at Leeds United, putting the ‘sold to Norwich’ jokes on the back burner for at least a while.
The midfielder has signed for three and a half years, which will keep him at Elland Road until the end of 2017/18 season, or until Norwich made a big enough offer. (You know ‘a while’ means ‘until the end of the next paragraph.’)
There were a few hints about Mowatt’s talent towards the end of last season, so he can’t quite be said to have ‘done a Byram’ and come from nowhere, but his impact on the first team in the last couple of months has been Byramesque in that he has gone from being a hopeful youngster to one of our best players in no time at all.
His speed and left foot have led to comparisons with Gary Speed, but the thick black hair and barrel chest remind me more of a young Diego Maradona, and as I like to pile as much pressure as possible on a young lad’s shoulders, the New Maradona he is.
It might be a touch far fetched, but his best contribution so far – a sweet cross on to the head of Mathieu Smith for the crowning goal against Birmingham – showed vision and composure beyond much that we’ve seen at Leeds in recent seasons.
The new contract was agreed before the game last night – Adam Pope of Radio Leeds reported seeing Mowatt shaking hands with David Haigh in the tunnel, so he was either signing a new deal or buying the club – and he celebrated by swinging across the corner that led to McCormack’s opening goal.
Speaking to the official website, Mowatt said: “I’m really pleased to have signed. I’ve been at the club since I was six and this is where I want to play my football. This season has gone really, really well so far, and I just want to keep working hard, keep improving, and play my part in helping Leeds United get where we want to be.”
Mowatt has taken the lead in the Academy stakes this season from Chris Dawson, but the strength of feeling among the youngsters at Thorp Arch was shown when a bunch of them made the trip to Doncaster to watch Mowatt make his debut in the League Cup.
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