Leeds United supporters have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their side return to winning ways in the Championship on Tuesday night.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men went into their clash at struggling Hull City off the back of a draw and defeat in their preceding two league games, results which saw them slip from top spot in the table. Yet the Whites returned to the summit on Tuesday as a Tyler Roberts strike six minutes into the second half was enough to seal a 1-0 win for the Yorkshire heavyweights, in turn clinching their sixth success of the campaign.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Leeds fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are growing in confidence that their team can do something special this season, especially given a few of their summer signings have yet to really get going.
And while Bielsa’s side were praised for their efforts during the close season, Leeds supporters may well have been left rueing what might have been back in January 2017 when their side sold Alex Mowatt to Barnsley for £522,000 (as per Transfermarkt).
The 23-year-old came up through the ranks at Elland Road to earn his senior debut for the club back in 2013, and while he didn’t immediately show his credentials, there were glimpses that the midfielder could indeed go on and become a star – after all, he won the club’s Young Player of the Year award in the 2013/14 season.
And the Englishman then went one better and really proved his worth to the Whites the campaign after in scoring nine goals and laying on two assists for the Yorkshire giants, helping them to a 15th place finish in a season of uncertainty given they had three different managers.
In fact, Mowatt earned the Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards for his efforts that term, and at the time it looked as though the young midfielder was set to go on to achieve even bigger and better things at Elland Road – only for things to fizzle out.
The 23-year-old struggled to replicate that 2014/15 form in his succeeding season at Leeds with just two goals to his name, before finding game time hard to come by in the 2016/17 campaign, to the point that they sanctioned his departure to Barnsley in January 2017.
And while the Whites did make a £522,000 profit on his services, what with him coming up through the ranks at Elland Road, his efforts in the 2014/15 season suggested that he could be destined to be a star at the Yorkshire club – that simply didn’t happen though.
And having embarked upon a season like that, and then only receiving a small sum for his services, Leeds were surely left rueing what might have been when they allowed Mowatt to join Barnsley little over 18 months ago.
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