By Alex Stevens
Leeds fans have taken to Twitter to urge Garry Monk to start Matt Grimes in midfield against Reading on Tuesday night.
The 21-year-old midfielder, who is on a season-long loan from Monk’s former club Swansea, has been a bit-part player at Elland Road this season.
Grimes has started only one of Leeds’ 20 league matches this season and has made a total of just nine appearances in all competitions spread across 361 minutes of action.
With Eunan O’Kane and Pablo Hernandez still not recovered from injury, and Kalvin Phillips serving a one-match suspension, Monk is short of options in central midfield for the clash against Jaap Stam’s high flying team.
Liam Bridcutt is fit again after a three-month absence with a fractured foot but is not match fit after such a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
A section of the Leeds fan base believe Monk should pair regular midfielder Ronaldo Vieira with Grimes against Reading.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Richard Jenkins (@chudjenks) December 12, 2016
one thing i will say is that grimes has showed much improvement in his last couple of outing so at least the lad is working hard #lufc
— David Kershaw (@DavidKershaw7) December 13, 2016
— Matt Massarella-Gill (@3788MG) December 13, 2016
I’d start Vieira and Grimes tomorrow, with Bridcutt on the bench. No point in being too risky with Bridcutt at this point, in my view #lufc
— Lee Wakefield (@Wakefield90) December 12, 2016
Pobga – poor man’s Matt Grimes! #lufc
— Danny Long (@DBauer191) December 11, 2016
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) December 13, 2016
Leeds are sixth in the table going into Tuesday’s clash at Elland Road, while Reading are third after defeating fellow promotion hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at the weekend.
Monk’s side could potentially climb if they beat Reading and other results go their way.