COMMENT By Will Butcher
Garry Monk should hand attacking midfielder Matt Grimes just his second Leeds start of the season against Brentford.
The 21-year-old has struggled for game time this season under Monk, after signing on a season-long loan earlier this summer from Premier League relegation candidates Swansea.
But with Leeds injury woes in the midfield area, here are three reasons why the England Under-21’s international should start against Brentford:
The loanee could be set to profit from the Yorkshire giants multiple injury problems in the midfield area.
Ireland international Eunan O’Kane has been categorically ruled out from featuring on Saturday, while captain Liam Bridcutt and Spaniard Pablo Hernandez are doubts to start.
If Monk opts to be cautious and hold the doubtful duo in reserve, Grimes could come in to make his fourth start of the season in all competitions.
Leeds are favourites
With Leeds expected to beat Dean Smith’s Bees on Saturday, Grimes should be brought in to the side to provide the creative spark and secure three points.
Leeds’ number 16 provides the ability to slice open an opponent’s defence with one flick of his left foot, as the former Champions League side look to live up to their pre-match billing.
That could be the difference against Brentford, who have won their last two games and kept eight clean sheets this season.
Former Exeter youngster Grimes is able to operate at the base of the midfield or as a number 10 behind the striker, which makes him more likely to start.
With Bridcutt and O’Kane missing in the holding midfield role, Grimes could partner Ronaldo Vieira in front of the defence and look to execute his impressive array of passing.
On loan at Blackburn last year, Grimes will be looking to take any given opportunity in his stride as he hopes to earn a permanent Elland Road deal or catch the attention of Swansea boss Bob Bradley.