Garry Monk's controversial £5m Eder deal justified

Manchester United's Chris Smalling and Michael Carrick in action with Swansea's Eder

Championship boss Garry Monk signed Eder for Swansea City last summer, a deal which led to his downfall.

Swansea manager Garry MonkFormer Swansea manager Garry Monk

Now at Leeds United, Garry Monk's managerial path could have been very different had his signings had more success at Swansea City last summer.

A number of his signings for the Swans a year ago failed to hit the ground running, and none more so than Portuguese striker Eder, signed for £5 million.

Manchester United's Chris Smalling and Michael Carrick in action with Swansea's EderManchester United's Chris Smalling and Michael Carrick in action with Swansea's Eder

Eder arrived from Braga, to much acclaim from the manager, who told Swansea's official website: "Eder is the type of striker we've been looking for. He has excellent attributes; strong, quick and technically sound with the ball.

"He fits our profile in terms of the players we've signed in the last two seasons because he's young, hungry and eager to prove himself in the Premier League. He has the characteristics we are looking for and will certainly add competition to the striking department."

Yet the striker never really got going at Swansea, failing to score a single goal in 13 appearances.

The Mail reported earlier this summer he was sold on to Lille for around £4 million, where he was sent out on loan, with Swansea cutting their losses.

Portugal's Eder scores their first goalPortugal's Eder scores the Euro 2016 final winning goal 

So there would have been nobody more surprised than Swansea fans when Eder scored the winning goal against France in Sunday's Euro 2016 final.

For Garry Monk, on pre-season training camp with Leeds, there would have been a simple nod of the head and a wry smile.

While Eder did not do him any favours at the Liberty Stadium, with Monk unceremoniously fired in December, the striker's huge goal redeems his old manager's reputation as a talent spotter.

Was Monk mad to spend £5 million on Eder? Some Swansea fans will rightfully say yes, with the benefit of hindsight, but his heroics suggest there was some method in his approach and it was not a total gamble, and that should provide encouragement for fans of his new club Leeds United.

Swansea manager Garry Monk during the press conferenceFormer Swansea manager Garry Monk 

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