It is no secret to Barnsley fans and many other admirers that the star player and captain is still yet to renew his reds contract. The player’s efforts and performances have been remarkable this season since Valerian Ismael took the reins with Mowatt at the helm dictating and dominating the middle of the park.
Photo: Mark Cosgrove/News Images - Alex Mowatt #27 of Barnsley celebrates his goal to make it 1-1 against Preston North End.
Alex also brings goals to the side; accumulating five goals and four assists in 29 games this season. The skipper is quickly becoming a club legend, making 145 appearances for the club with 17 goals, 20 assists and an automatic promotion to his name.
Photo: Mark Cosgrove/News Images - Alex Mowatt #27 of Barnsley skips past Thomas Kaminski #1 of Blackburn Rovers to score and make it 2-0.
It took some time for him to make his mark in the team when he signed from our friends, Leeds united in January 2017. He made his debut in a defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers being sent off in the 42nd minute with a terrible tackle. He became a regular after serving his suspension scoring his first goal in the penultimate game of the season against Bristol city but that was not enough for the victory. Surprisingly, he was then loaned out to league one side Oxford for the season playing 34 times with four goal contributions. Mowatt returned to Barnsley and linked up with Daniel Stendel where Alex finally showed his full capabilities to the reds fans and swiftly becoming a fan favourite.
Photo: Mark Cosgrove/News Images - Alex Mowatt #27 of Barnsley scores to make it 1-1 against Preston North End.
This leads to the question, is Alex Mowatt replaceable? In the 19/20 season, he instantly became the backbone of the squad and practically carried the inexperienced team. I believe he still is the backbone and his presence keeps the structure in the side. For a suitable replacement, the owners would have to spend well to get another top half championship midfielder.
Photo: Mark Cosgrove/News Images - Alex Mowatt #27 of Barnsley controls the ball during the game.
We still have the yet to impress Herbie Kane in the squad who has shown in the past he is a quality player but he has not lived up to the expectations he brought with him. To keep the fans, the team and the manager happy it should be number one priority to keep our captain. From there we can only get better. From a Barnsley fan perspective, Alex Mowatt is NOT replaceable and needs to be at the club for at least another season.
Writeup by OneManPress
Photo: Mark Cosgrove/News Images - Alex Mowatt #27 of Barnsley celebrates his goal to make it 2-0 against Blackburn Rovers.
Alex if you read this, Once a Red always a Red... (Cozy)