Redknapp: I have been blown away by performance of this Leeds key man
By Alex Stevens
Jamie Redknapp has hailed the “unbelievable job” Garry Monk has done to transform the fortunes of Leeds.
The 37-year-old has revived one of English football’s sleeping giants after taking on a team that stuttered to a 13th placed finish in last season’s Championship.
Following a difficult start, Leeds have carved out a series of impressive results, with Friday’s impressive 1-0 win over Derby their 10th in 13th league games and sixth out of seven fixtures in all competitions.
Monk’s side ended the weekend third in the second tier and in a position where they can suddenly put pressure on top two Newcastle and Brighton.
The transformation at the Yorkshire giants has not gone unnoticed, with the plaudits starting to flow for Monk, who was sacked by Swansea chief Huw Jenkins months after guiding the club to their highest ever Premier League finish.
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Sky Sports pundit and former England midfielder Redknapp has been blown away by the performance of the relatively inexperienced manager, who is only in charge of his second team.
“Huw Jenkins must be kicking himself for sacking Garry Monk,” Redknapp wrote in his Mail column.
“The former Swansea manager is doing an unbelievable job at Leeds, where he has taken a group of good, young players to third in the Championship.
“While Paul Clement has it all to do to keep Swansea in the top flight, there is every chance we could see Monk back in the Premier League next season.”
Key man Monk’s success this season is even more notable given that he has improved the team on a relatively shoestring budget that is dwarfed by the wages and fees paid by the likes of Newcastle and Villa, who were relegated from the Premier League last season.
Villa spent over £50million on new players last summer, including striker Jonathan Kodjia for a Championship record £15million.
By contrast, Leeds made a net profit in the transfer market and their biggest buy was 2015-16 League Two player of the year Kemar Roofe, who joined from Oxford for £3million.
In other Leeds news, Monk has made a shock transfer revelation after meeting with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.