COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Garry Monk has enjoyed a near-perfect spell since he took charge as Leeds’ manager in the summer and helped transform them into promotion candidates.
The 38-year-old boss is hoping to return the Yorkshire giants to the Premier League and has managed to assemble a squad that is performing well in the Championship.
However, the January signing of Leeds winger Mo Barrow may be the only bleak moment in his time at Elland Road so far.
The 24-year-old joined the Whites in the January window on loan from top-flight side Swansea and was expected to provide some much needed competition in the wide areas.
Leeds have been extremely strong in most areas this season, but Monk has constantly switched between his wingers.
Barrow has made just four substitute appearances since his arrival and has failed to boost their promotion bid.
He has been unable to settle in the side and Monk continues to chop and change between the likes of Alfonso Pedraza, Kemar Roofe, Souleymane Doukara and Stuart Dallas.
Monk brought in Barrow to add some extra ammunition to support Chris Wood, who has been the main driving force for Leeds in attack.
The pair previously worked together during Monk’s time in charge of Swansea, but the midfielder has been unable to recreate any kind of form since his move.
The Whites are currently fourth-placed in the league table and look set to be involved in the play-off matches at the end of the season.
Monk would have been hoping his January additions could help them with their push towards the Premier League, but the failed signing of Barrow suggests even the popular manager can make mistakes.
In other Leeds news, a Sky Sports pundit has delivered his verdict on the club’s promotion chances.