Midfielder must be offloaded this month: Three things we learned about Leeds in win over Cambridge
By Dominic Toner
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Leeds’ 2-1 victory against Cambridge in the FA Cup third-round on Monday.
Leeds should end Grimes contract
Leeds should terminate the season-long loan contract of midfielder Matt Grimes after his performance against Cambridge. The 21-year-old has struggled to make a good impression at Elland Road since he joined from Swansea in the summer. He has made 11 appearances and is never going to dislodge the likes of Liam Bridcutt and Eunan O’Kane from the starting XI. The central midfielder was dreadful in the first-half against Cambridge and was unable to get into the game. Grimes produced a better display after the break as Leeds came from behind, but didn’t show enough during the game to put him into contention for a league start. Garry Monk will be desperate for a competitive squad as they challenge for promotion and that is not something that Grimes is currently providing.
Jansson edges closer to permanent switch
Leeds defender Pontus Jansson moved a step closer to completing a permanent switch to Elland Road as he made his 21st appearance for the club. Jansson’s agent Martin Dahlin confirmed that a £3.4million transfer has been fixed and the on-loan centre-back will complete a move after he has made 22 appearances. Leeds are keen to get his deal wrapped up quickly, but they will have a frustrating wait until he can make his 22nd appearance. Jansson picked up his 10th yellow card of the season against Cambridge and will miss the next two games against Derby and Barnsley. He was penalised in the first-half for an elbow and has had trouble with his discipline this campaign. However, the Sweden international has delivered all round superb performances and he is just one game away from becoming a permanent Leeds player.
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Monk should sign a striker
Garry Monk should seriously consider adding an extra forward while the January transfer window is still open. Chris Wood remains a great options for the Whites and Kemar Roofe has begun to settle in the past month, but they do look scarce in attack. Marcus Antonsson was given the chance to impress against Cambridge and he doesn’t look like a natural goalscorer. The forward battled well and is more a link-up player, but would struggle to lead the line during a promotion chase. Leeds’ good start to the season could be ruined if they encounter an injury to one of their main forwards, so should certainly add some extra cover while they can.