Leeds loanee ratings: Midfielder gets 3/10, 25-year-old must be signed
By Will Butcher
Garry Monk utilised the loan market to full effect at Leeds in the summer by bringing in five players on a temporary basis, but how do they compare?
Defenders Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley, along with midfielders Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko and Pablo Hernandez are all on loan at Elland Road.
Now, with the January window approaching, here is how Football Insider analyses the quintet as well as revealing whether Leeds should push for permanent moves.
Kyle Bartley – 9/10
The 25-year-old Swansea loanee has been absolutely crucial to Leeds high-flying performances this season, as he remains a rock at the back.
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Wearing the captain’s armband on occasion with Liam Bridcutt sidelined, it is pivotal to Leeds that Bartley is brought in by Monk before Swansea want him back themselves. Likely to be available for a bargain fee and must be signed.
Matt Grimes – 3/10
Attacking midfielder Grimes has failed to live up to the hype at Elland Road after winning the Toulon tournament in the summer with the England Under-21s.
Although Grimes has shown glimpses of quality, Swansea are likely to want a hefty price as Grimes is just 21 years of age but failing to show any kind of potential at Leeds. Should be avoided.
Pablo Hernandez – 7/10
The 31-year-old is probably Leeds’ most creative player since gaining promotion back to the Championship in 2010.
The four-time Spain international has orchestrated Leeds attack when playing, and is a class act in an attacking midfield role. With his loan ending shortly, Monk should look to secure a permanent deal in January or at least extend his time at Elland Road.
Pontus Jansson – 8/10
Sweden international Jansson has gained huge plaudits this season for his emphatic form at the heart of Leeds’ defence.
However, the Torino stopper is likely to cost a lot of money and although Leeds should try to sign Jansson, other option should be considered.
Hadi Sacko – 6/10
One of the quickest players to play for Leeds in recent history, Sacko has shown huge promise and potential on the right of Leeds’ attack.
However, Sacko will not come on the cheap as he is just 22 years of age. With a £50million release clause, other alternatives should be considered ahead of Sacko before looking to tie up a permanent deal.
In other Leeds transfer news, Monk has had this to say about the future of his in-demand stars.