By Will Butcher

Eddie Gray believes Leeds pulled off a “good coup” in the summer to bring talented manager Garry Monk to Elland Road.

Gray was speaking ahead of the Yorkshire giants’ clash against Aston Villa on Saturday in front of the television cameras, as Leeds look to secure their fifth win in six Championship outings.

Speaking to Villa’s official website, Gray revealed that the former Swansea boss has begin to install a confidence among the Leeds players as they sit in the playoffs.

“He’s still a young manager and is still learning himself but he’s got good knowledge of the game,” Gray said. “I speak to him quite a lot, he’s enthusiastic. The players are working hard and working hard for him.

“He’s brought a bit of confidence to the football club. I think he was a bit unfortunate with how things went in the end at Swansea but he’s definitely a go-ahead young manager.

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“It was a good coup for our club to get him in the summer.”

In his 23 league and cup fixtures as Elland Road boss, 37-year-old Monk has seen his side win 13 times including two penalty shootout wins as they reached the quarter final of the EFL Cup.

Leeds will be hoping to maintain their position in the Championship’s top six and even move up to fourth with three points on Saturday, if Birmingham drop points to Barnsley.

However, they will face an in-form side in Steve Bruce’s Villa, who have not yet lost under the promotion expert.

Four wins and three draws in Bruce’s seven Championship games has seen the relegated Premier League outfit move into the top half of the table for the first time this season.

Without the likes of captain Liam Bridcutt and one-time Spain international Pablo Hernandez, Leeds could struggle against attacking stars such as Jonathan Kodjia, Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah

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