By Alex Stevens
Matt Grimes faces an uphill battle to persuade Leeds chiefs to sign him on a permanent transfer, according to a report.
The midfielder, 21, moved to Elland Road in the summer on a loan deal from Premier League club Swansea that expires at the end of the season.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that the Championship club have not been convinced by the credentials of Grimes, who cannot claim to have made any waves so far.
Grimes is one of the maximum allowed five players signed on loan by Leeds in the summer and is the only member of the quintet not to have nailed down a regular starting spot.
His Swansea teammate Kyle Bartley, Torino’s Pontus Jansson, Al-Arabi’s Pablo Hernandez and Sporting Lisbon’s Hadi Sacko have all established themselves as integral members of Garry Monk’s team.
Grimes has played just 172 minutes of first team football this season, made up of two starts and three substitute appearances.
The former England Under-21 international is behind injured skipper Liam Bridcutt, Eunan O’Kane, Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips in the pecking order for central midfield positions.
Nevertheless, Grimes is expected to be a member of the matchday squad for Tuesday night’s home Championship match against Wigan as Leeds attempt to get back on track following their weekend defeat to Derby.
In other Leeds transfer news, an England international is months away from signing for the club.