Reminder to Monk: Leeds fringe player stars on international stage
By Dominic Toner
Leeds winger Modou Barrow starred for Gambia on Monday and reminded his club manager Garry Monk of his qualities.
The 24-year-old has been on the fringes of the Whites squad following his loan arrival in January from Swansea.
He has made just four brief substitute appearances and has not always been involved in the match day squad.
However, the attacker reminded people of his qualities by scoring his first international goal in Gambia’s 2-1 victory over Central African Republic in a friendly.
He may not have been playing against top level opposition, but his first goal for his national side will surely give him huge confidence.
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Barrow was drafted into Elland Road with the expectation that he would play a major role in the club’s push for promotion, but he has been unable to make the desired impact.
The Whites’ one problem area in their team has been in wide positions, where Monk has constantly changed between the likes of Barrow, Stuart Dallas, Alfonso Pedraza, Souleymane Doukara, Kemar Roofe and Hadi Sacko.
The Yorkshire club look set to be involved in the play-offs at the end of the season and the wide roles are certainly still up for grabs.
Barrow does have top flight experience with Swansea and will believe he has the skill to make a difference in the Championship.
The right winger, who is known for his blistering pace, will hope to get an opportunity in Leeds’ next match.
Monk’s side travel to promotion rivals Reading on 1 April for another crucial fixture in the Championship.
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