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Paul Hart praises young Leeds United 'keeper Eric Grimes

The 20-year-old Leeds United stopper did well in a recent under-21 clash.

Leeds United under-21 coach Paul Hart has been speaking to the club’s official website following his side’s 2-1 victory against Coventry City on Monday afternoon.

Goals from Luke Parkin and Casper Sloth ensured the young Whites side took all three points after Bassala Sambou had initially put the hosts ahead, but Hart also reserved praise for his goalkeeper Eric Grimes, whose late double save ensured Leeds did not drop two valuable points.

Grimes is a current Republic of Ireland under-21 international and a regular in the Leeds under-21 line-up, and while he is yet to make his first-team debut for the club he is certainly going in the right direction.

Leeds also have Marco Silvestri, Charlie Horton and the currently injured Ross Turnbull on their books, meaning that Grimes will have to remain patient if he does have aspirations of ultimately making it at Elland Road, but more performances like this for the under-21s and manager Steve Evans will have to take notice.

“Our keeper in the second half late on made a terrific double save to keep the goal out,” Hart told leedsunited.com after the match. “Having not had a lot to do for most of the game he’s really done well.”

This young Leeds side has plenty of players seeking to prove a point, including the under-used Sloth and fellow senior players Souleymane Doukara and Tommaso Bianchi, but only time will tell if Evans puts his faith in them.

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