Leeds’ support delights new signing after pre-season friendly
By Will Butcher
Leeds new-boy Matt Grimes was delighted with the Yorkshire giants’ support during the Whites 2-1 loss to League One promotion hopefuls Peterborough.
The on-loan Swansea midfielder signed early in July from manager Garry Monk’s former side, and played his first full 90 minutes in Leeds colours.
Talking to LUTV after the match, Grimes declared that he was delighted with the support from the Leeds’ faithful, despite going on to lose the match.
“Quality [Leeds’ fans]. You could hear them from the first whistle to the last whistle,” Grimes said. “Even when we went behind you could hear them, and they gave us a good send off at the end.”
The England under-21 international played alongside Luke Murphy in central midfield as Monk’s side lost 2-1 to Peterborough, despite taking the lead through an Alex Mowatt volley.
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Leeds have just one more friendly scheduled before they take on Championship big boys QPR in their first game of the season on 7 August.
The 38-year-old has come in for criticism over the lack of friendlies Leeds have had, with his squad only facing Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne and either Guiseley or Peterborough after Monk named two sides for the last two matches.
Monk remained upbeat despite the loss, and assured worried fans that his side will be ready come 7 August.
“That’s our first 90 minutes and they (Peterborough) were always going to be a little bit further ahead than us,” Monk said. “You saw in the first 45 that when we’re fit, when we’ve got a lot of energy, that’s the football we can play.”
In other Leeds news, owner Massimo Cellino is in talks to sign an unnamed Bundesliga midfielder.