By Dominic Toner

Former Leeds player David Prutton believes that Garry Monk is a “good fit” for the club.

Monk was appointed Leeds manager in the summer and has endured a mixed start.

The Whites boss suffered suffered two consecutive league defeats at the start of the season and only narrowly escaped past League One side Fleetwood on penalties in the EFL Cup.

Leeds have found some form recently though and have won five of their last six games in all competitions.

Prutton believes that Monk can offer great ideas at Elland Road and will help the club develop if given time.

“He comes across as someone who I’d have loved to have played for, someone with a lot of energy and good ideas,” Prutton told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “We’re all looking for the modern manager these days and he’s very much in that mould.

“Leeds are a good fit for him and he’s a good fit for them. He’s young, energetic, knowledgeable. The club have got the sort of facilities he’ll be used to. But, at the same time, it won’t come easy for him here. It’s a proper challenge.”

He added: “With time and patience I’d expect him to do very well but it’s almost pointless saying that. He’s had enough games for the first signs of progress to come through and because he’s been given those games, the improvement is happening.

Monk will hope to be given time by the owners and continue his progress.

He enjoyed a successful spell as manager with Swansea in the Premier League and will be striving to get back there with Leeds.

Leeds are currently just four points adrift of the play-off places and will hope to challenge at the top-end of the table this season.

Monk’s side travel to Derby on Saturday for their next league meeting and will hope to continue the good form.

In other Leeds news, Rob Green has given a six-word verdict on team-mate Pontus Jansson.