Former Blackburn Rovers boss Paul Lambert’s comments to the South Wales Evening Post about Matt Grimes should excite Leeds United supporters, after the midfielder agreed to move to the Elland Road club on a season-long loan this morning.
Grimes has joined the Whites from Swansea City, and if his former manager’s comments are anything to go by, then Garry Monk has pulled off a very astute piece of business.
Grimes was loaned out to Blackburn last season, and their manager Paul Lambert was certainly a fan of the 20-year-old’s talents.
"He's an excellent footballer. I've seen it at close hand the last couple of days,” he said.
"He's really good on the ball, he doesn't look like he's going to panic, he looks very assured with it.
“I've seen it at first hand, he's a very good footballer.”
Monk was the man who bought Grimes to Swansea, while he was in charge at the Liberty Stadium.
The midfielder’s transfer to Leeds actually went under the radar, but it perhaps shouldn’t be so much of a surprise, when Lambert’s comments from last season are now looked at.
"I spoke with someone who played with him at Exeter and spoke to Garry Monk about him, and we got glowing reports about him as a lad and as a footballer,” Lambert said, earlier this year.
Grimes went on to make 11 appearances for Blackburn last term, and he caught the eye with his displays.
Grimes is one of six additions that Monk has already made at Leeds, as the 37-year-old boss begins to assemble a squad which he feels is capable of competing for a top six spot.