Pep Clotet has pulled off a smart move this deadline day, bringing in left-sided midfield player Alex Mowatt on loan from Barnsley after selling Marvin Johnson to Championship side Middlesbrough.

Mowatt came up through the Leeds United production line, moving out of the youth set-up and into first-team contention ahead of the 2013/14 Sky Bet Championship season. That season, as an 18/19-year-old, Mowatt featured in 29 games for the Whites, scoring once and setting up four goals via assists.

It was the following season that he sparked into top gear for Leeds with 38 appearances across the season and nine goals – many of these long-range goals struck with his wand of a left foot. Performance dropped the season after that and his 2015/16 campaign saw just the two goals and four assists.

It was obvious as last season started that Mowatt didn’t fit into Garry Monk’s plans and the youngster was sold to Barnsley after just 14 appearances for the Whites.

He didn’t have an auspicious start for the Tykes, given a straight red on his début. In the rest of the season after his three-game suspension, the former Leeds youngster only made 10 more appearances for the South Yorkshire club – scoring one goal in a 3-2 loss to Bristol City.

His move to Oxford brought the following response from Pep Clotet, who of course worked with the young midfielder at Elland Road.

“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.”

As well as responses from the Oxford manager, there were also responses from Oxford United fans themselves.

Oxford United fans comment of Mowatt capture

Leeds United fans were also quick to comment on the loan deal, many holding Mowatt still close to their hearts.

Barnsley fans were also on hand to give their views on the loan deal that took Mowatt away from Oakwell and down to the Kassam.


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