Mowatt on ambition, creativity and Ismaël relationship

Alex Mowatt

Alex Mowatt is determined to pick up from where he left off under Valérien Ismaël after signing a three-year deal at Albion.

The energetic and creative midfielder links up with the Frenchman once more having starred for Barnsley in the Sky Bet Championship last season, scoring eight goals and providing seven assists. 

Mowatt captained the Tykes in what was a memorable campaign for the Yorkshire outfit, with Barnsley earning a spot in the play-offs before eventually losing out to Swansea City.

And the 26-year-old, who has also featured for Leeds United and England’s U19 and U20 sides, is confident he can build on last season’s success and become a hit at The Hawthorns under a boss who he has a “really good” relationship with.

Alex said: “This is a massive club and I really can’t wait to get started.

“I wanted to get the deal done as quickly as possible once I first heard about Albion’s interest.

“I came for my medical and had a look around and I really liked the place, so it’s a great start.

“I played under the gaffer at Barnsley last season so that helps in terms of settling in.

“We have a really good relationship. He’s one of those people who demands 100 per cent every day, which is what I do anyway. 

“We get on really well and we talk a lot. When he came here and after I heard there was interest in me from the club, I just wanted to get it done.

“His pressing is intense. It’s really good and I think the fans will like that. You get after the ball and you play high up the pitch. 

“I think the lads will really like the way he is every day on the training pitch. 

“I’m confident I can perform here. 

“I had a good season last year at Barnsley, scoring a few goals and getting a handful of assists too.

“I like to score goals from midfield, have plenty of shots and try and be as creative as I can be.”

Mowatt has spent his career playing in League One and the Championship but dreams of stepping out on to Premier League pitches.

And the club’s first summer signing believes joining a group which will be targeting an immediate return to England’s elite division optimises his chances of appearing in the top flight.

“It’s massive for me that the club wants to get back to the Premier League. It’s an exciting challenge to be part of. 

“I’ve always wanted to play in the Premier League, so to come to a club who have been in the Premier League plenty of times is really important for me.

“Everyone wants to aim for the same thing and that’s promotion.

“I’ve never been promoted to the Premier League before and that’s the best thing that could happen this season.”

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