By Harvey Byrne
Former Blackburn boss Paul Lambert has said that Matt Grimes should excite Leeds supporters after the midfielder agreed to move to the Elland Road club.
Grimes joined the Whites from Swansea on a season long loan Thursday afternoon and if his former manager’s comments are anything to go by, then Garry Monk has pulled off a very astute piece of business.
The 20-year-old was loaned out to Blackburn during the 2015-16 season and their manager was certainly a fan of the youngster.
“He’s an excellent footballer. I’ve seen it at close hand the last couple of days,” he said to the South Wales Evening Post.
“He’s really good on the ball, he doesn’t look like he’s going to panic, he looks very assured with it.
“I’ve seen it at first hand, he’s a very good footballer.”
Garry Monk has been reunited with his second player from the Liberty Stadium just days after signing Kyle Bartley on loan.
England Under-21 international Grimes was signed by Monk in January 2015 for a fee of £1.8million from League Two side Exeter, after winning Player of the Year in his first season at St. James’ Park.
The 20-year-old has followed centre-back Bartley in making the trip up north from the Liberty Stadium and becomes Monk’s sixth summer signing in what has been a whirlwind 10 days.
Marcus Antonsson, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe and ex-England international Rob Green have also put pen to paper at Elland Road.
Grimes spent the second-half of this season on loan at Ewood Park, where he amassed 13 appearances and conjured up two assists.
He has also appeared four times for Swansea, as well as captaining the England Under-20s, and Grimes was delighted to sign with what he described ‘a big club’.
In other Leeds news, the Yorkshire giants are set for a surprise income from Leicester.