Garry Monk drops Leeds selection hint ahead of Wolves showdown
By Will Butcher
Garry Monk could have dropped a Wolves selection hint after revealing Leeds loanee Matt Grimes has been “fighting hard” in training to be in the starting XI.
Grimes, who worked with Monk at Swansea, has been lambasted by the Leeds faithful this season after a poor start to his Elland Road career.
However, Monk told the Yorkshire Evening Post that Grimes has been going above and beyond in training in an attempt to earn more game time with the Yorkshire giants.
“He is coming back to more like the player I saw at Swansea and he is fighting for minutes,” Monk told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“We spoke at the start of the season that he was a little bit off from what was needed. We see him every day and he is fighting hard. He deserves his place in the squad at the moment.”
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The left-footed midfielder has started just two games for the Yorkshire giants this season, after making his debut in Leeds opening day 3-0 defeat to QPR.
Previously a regular with England Under-21s, Grimes has failed to recapture the form that saw him play a part in the Young Lions’ triumph at this summer’s Toulon Tournament.
However, substitute appearances in Leeds last two fixtures against Derby and Wigan has seen Grimes work his way into Monk’s first-team plans.
The left-footed midfielder is unlikely to start over one-time Spain international Pablo Hernandez, but Monk could look to freshen up his side against Walter Zenga’s Wolves.
Leeds will be hoping to edge their way closer to the Championship playoffs at the expense of the Midlands giants, who have picked up just one point from a possible 12 in their last four games.