New midfield signing looking to make immediate impact at Leeds
By Amir Mir
Swansea loanee Matt Grimes is hoping to make an immediate impact at Leeds and is desperate for first-team football with his new club.
Grimes moved to Leeds on loan from Premier League side Swansea this summer after academy gradate Lewis Cook made a £7million switch to Bournemouth.
It will be the second time Grimes has played under manager Garry Monk, after he signed for Swansea from League Two side Exeter City for a fee of £1.75 million in January 2015.
The 21-year-old subsequently struggled for game time at the Liberty Stadium, making only seven appearances for the Welsh club, but is now hoping to make a regular impact at Elland Road as he re-unites with Monk
“That’s what I need this season,” Grimes told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I need to try and get a starting place every week and to get back to playing regular games, as I did a couple of years ago.
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“It’s been a hard couple of years for me at Swansea, not really getting games, but it’s a move I had to make. I wanted to challenge myself and I still believe I can play at a high, high level.
“But getting regular games now is most important for my career. It’s what I want this year. Hopefully I can make an impact.”
Monk encouraged a possession-style game at Swansea, and looks set to bring the same passing game to Leeds as he aims to win promotion with the Yorkshire club, who have been starved of top-flight football for 12 years.
Leeds begin their Championship season away at QPR on 7 August.
In other Leeds team news, manager Garry Monk has outlined what he expects from his players ahead of the new Championship season.