By Will Butcher
Garry Monk has claimed experienced duo Robert Green and Pablo Hernandez will be key to Leeds returning to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.
The former Swansea manager has identified two new signings, aged 36 and 31 respectively and both former internationals, as integral to his team’s promotion hopes.
Speaking in his first press conference ahead of a Championship match, Monk outlined his aims for the upcoming season, which starts on Sunday against QPR.
“The club ambition has to be and always will be to get back to the Premier,” Monk said, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post’s Lee Sobot on his personal Twitter account. “The plan is to win games straight away.”
The 38-year-old continued to say that the experience of his two new signings will help his young squad progress in their hunt of Championship glory.
Monk also revealed to the media that Leeds have a full squad to pick from ahead of Sunday’s opener, despite doubts over Liam Cooper’s fitness after he suffered a muscle strain during pre-season.
Monk, who spent over a decade at Swansea as a player before becoming manager, also spoke of his delight after confirming the signing of Spanish international Hernandez.
“The good thing with Pablo is he is versatile,” he said. “I am very happy to have him here. Pablo is naturally a very fit player so they are all up for selection this weekend.”
Monk has been very busy in the transfer market so far, recruiting five other new faces along with Hernandez and ex-England international Green.
Swansea’s Kyle Bartley and Matt Grimes join on-loan, while attackers Kemar Roofe, Marcus Antonsson and Hadi Sacko have also put pen to paper on Elland Road deals.