Monk lays down the law to Leeds board as he demands quality signings
By Will Butcher
Garry Monk has made it clear to Leeds chiefs that he only wants “quality” signings at the club in the coming weeks.
The new Elland Road manager is confident that there will be even more new faces before the start of the Championship season.
The former Swansea manager has already brought in six new players, the latest being League Two Player of the Year Kemar Roofe in a £3million deal.
In an interview with Leeds’ official website, Monk declared that the backroom staff at the Yorkshire club are working tirelessly to add to his new side.
“We know what we need to do and what we need to add,” Monk said. “It’s about making sure that whoever comes in adds quality to what we’ve already got. That’s the most important bit.
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“I’ve made that very clear with the club and they understood what we needed anyway, which is a good thing.”
In addition to Roofe, the 37-year-old has also signed Marcus Antonsson and Rob Green on permanent deals, while Kyle Bartley, Hadi Sacko and Matt Grimes all join Monk’s revolution on loan.
Monk, who has also brought in assistant manager Pep Clotet and first-team coach James Beattie from his time at Swansea, has identified the need to add experience to his young side.
“The squad’s a very young squad,” he said. “But I think you can see where we’re at – the sense of the club and the direction that we want to go in. We want to build something.
“We’re working well together and we’re identifying the right players to come into the club. Hopefully that continues. I’m more than confident that it will.”
Swedish free-agent Joel Ekstrand is looking less likely to be at Elland Road next season, whilst Monk has also been linked with Walsall wonderkid Rico Henry and NEC Nijmegen winger Anthony Limbombe.
In other Leeds news, Monk has revealed that he has been tracking one of his new signings for years.