By Will Butcher
Football Insider names the Leeds flop of the year after a poor 2016.
Matt Grimes is Leeds’ flop of the year after a disappointing start to his Elland Road career.
On loan from Premier League side Swansea, Grimes was expected to provide the Yorkshire giants’ cutting edge from a number 10 role this season.
After a sparkling season at Blackburn during the 2015-16 season and winning the Toulon Tournament with England’s Under-21 side during the summer, expectations of Grimes were high.
But after a woeful debut during the 3-0 loss to QPR, the 21-year-old has failed to start a league game for Garry Monk’s side as Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe continue to keep him out of the side.
Standing at 5ft 10in and slight in physique, Grimes has often been shrugged off the ball with ease by his Championship opponents as well as looking unfit and uninterested in a Leeds shirt at times.
Although glimpses of class on the ball have impressed those on the Elland Road terraces, the former Exeter City trainee has fallen far below of the hype that he had promised when signing.
Just 10 league and cup appearances for Leeds has seen Grimes plummet down the midfield pecking order, and Monk could now look to cancel his contract in January in order to bring in a different player.
With his career dwindling, Grimes must look to impress Monk on the training ground in an attempt to win a place back in the side and recapture the form that had given him a highly-rated reputation during his loan spell at Blackburn.
In other Leeds news, this teenager is Football Insider’s young player of the year.