Alex Mowatt has an uncertain future at West Bromwich Albion after struggling for playing time. The 27-year-old finds himself behind Okay Yokuslu, John Swift, Jayson Molumby and Jake Livermore in the pecking order this season, amassing just a single minute of football in the Championship, so he might be considering his options.

Simon Jones of Mail Online says Mowatt has interest from Middlesbrough who want to sign him on a season-long loan, but Steve Bruce won’t want to let the 27-year-old leave until he has a replacement identified.

There’s no suggestion in the report that Mowatt is angling to go, but he won’t want to spend the campaign on the bench. Since joining on a three-year deal from Barnsley last summer, Mowatt has gone on to make 34 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals with two assists.

Bruce replaced Valerien Ismael in February and Mowatt kept his place, but a groin injury and subsequent surgery near the end of last season saw him removed from the starting lineup. He failed to regain his spot in the new campaign, though he featured in Albion’s EFL Cup clash with Sheffield United.

Time will tell if he’s dropped to the bench for Sunday’s trip to face Blackburn Rovers, however. It’s clear Bruce still has some trust in him but not enough to drop one of Swift, Livermore or Molumby. He won’t leave himself short in midfield by sanctioning a move away without an alternative lined up either.

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