Oxford United have confirmed the season-long loan signing of attacking midfielder Alex Mowatt from Barnsley. The 22-year-old has only managed two appearances for the Tykes this season, and now reunites with a familiar face in the form of manager Pep Clotet.

Clotet worked with Mowatt at Leeds United during his time as assistant manager to Garry Monk. The Spaniard highlighted the fact he has worked with him previously played a big part in signing him on, but believes he’ll be a big asset at Sky Bet League One level.

Mowatt, an England Under-20 international, was an immediate target for Clotet, once he became aware a deal may materialise,

“We were interested as soon as we found out there was a possibility of getting him because we feel he is a player who adds to our creative options. He can play in any position in the midfield and although he is still only 22 he has played well over 100 games in the Championship and has lots of experience for his age.

“He is the right type of player for us, one who wants to work hard and be part of what we are building. I am sure he will do very well for this club.”

A note on the official Barnsley website that said Mowatt ‘would benefit from a loan move to enhance his career’, especially considering ‘the fierce competition now within the squad’ at Oakwell. They also wished him luck for his stint at the Kassam Stadium. He is primed to make his debut on Saturday away to MK Dons.

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