Monk reveals why Leeds summer signing has been frozen out
By Harvey Byrne
Garry Monk has revealed that new signing Matt Grimes is not in the team because he is currently stuck behind other players in the Leeds midfield pecking order.
The Elland Road boss brought the 21-year-old on loan from former club Swansea, but he has only started one league game in the season opener against QPR since moving to Yorkshire.
His only other appearance came against Luton in the League Cup and Monk revealed in his pre-match press conference against Blackburn why he’s been frozen out.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay reported on Monk’s pre-match interview via his personal Twitter account and revealed Grimes’ status in the squad.
Asked about Matt Grimes, who hasn't really figured this season. Monk said he's stuck behind other midfielders in the pecking order #lufclive
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) September 12, 2016
Leeds lost 3-0 against QPR in Grimes’ only league game to date.
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Monk subsequently signed experienced midfield trio Pablo Hernandez, Liam Bridcutt and Eunan O’Kane in the summer window, while rookie pair Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips have also been consistently selected ahead of Grimes, who has been stuck on the fringes along with Liam Murphy and Toumani Diagouraga.
Grimes had a three-month loan at fellow Championship side Blackburn last season, where he played in 15 fixtures.
The current Swansea player has also made seven appearances for his parent club, as he looks to earn some vital experience at Leeds.
Monk’s side have started the new campaign in poor form, winning just one game from their first six league matches with a 1-0 victory over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
This poor start has left them in 22nd place in the Championship, but they will look at Blackburn, who are currently bottom as the perfect opportunity to pick up some points.