Vultures will circle even when the body isn’t a body
Clubs lower down the league ladder will always be like small fry when Premier League teams come a-buying with their riffling chequebooks. Suddenly, when a player sparks and starts to stand out from his teammates, then the Premier League alarm bells start to ring. This is par for the course, nature of the beast if you will.
This is what is happening at Leeds United, a team who looked nailed-on relegation certs at the end of 2014, but whose changing formation and fortunes in 2015 pushed certain players to the forefront of attention. Suddenly, Leeds United Academy products like Lewis Cook, Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor are being seen as ‘Prem targets’ by quivering Leeds United fans.
One of these is Doncaster-born Alex Mowatt, whose goal-scoring feats (8 goal joint-top scorer at the club) and dead ball prowess has catapulted him into the limelight with the national press rumour-mongering that Liverpool are preparing to launch a summer transfer bid thought to be in the region of £5m.
To a team like Leeds, riven with a £22.3m deficit and Football League transfer embargo, £5m is seen to be a figure that might tempt the club hierarchy to ‘cash in’ their chips and sell Alex Mowatt.