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Leeds United loanee Matt Grimes explains why joining club was easy decision

Swansea's Matt Grimes in action with Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury

The Swansea City loanee is happy to be reunited with Garry Monk.

Swansea's Matt Grimes in action with Nottingham Forest's Henri LansburyMatt Grimes in action with Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury

Leeds United lost midfield talent Lewis Cook this summer – after the midfielder made the switch to Premier League side Bournemouth.

In their efforts to replace him Leeds made a move to sign Matt Grimes on loan from Garry Monk’s former club Swansea City.

Blackburn Rovers' Matt GrimesMatt Grimes

Monk is the man who took Grimes to Swansea from Exeter in January 2015 and the youngster has been speaking about the impact that Monk has had so far in his time at the Yorkshire club – suggesting he is having an impact on the players already:

“He’s taken a fair amount of what he did at Swansea and brought it here,” Grimes said. “Obviously he’s tweaked a few things because this league (the Championship) is slightly different but I feel like we’re all buying into what he wants us to do. Everyone’s working well under him. He knows exactly what he wants and he’s drilled that into the lads.”

Newcastle's Ayoze Perez in action with Swansea's Matt Grimes (L) and Ashley WilliamsNewcastle's Ayoze Perez in action with Matt Grimes (L) and Ashley Williams

Grimes went on to discuss how easy it was for him to switch to Leeds, explaining how he feels comfortable with several people at the club:

“With the gaffer, Pep (Clotet) and Beats (James Beattie), it was very easy for me coming in here. I know (Kyle) Bartley and Alex Mowatt too and the lads have helped me settle. We’re all eager for the season to start.”

 

Swansea City manager Garry Monk and first team coach James BeattieGarry Monk and first team coach James Beattie

Grimes has a definite uphill task of living up to the performances of the immensely talented Cook but will be hoping he can quickly win over the Leeds faithful this season in a campaign full of hope after the impressive appointment of Monk and his coaching team this summer.

If Grimes can produce his best then he should be pivotal to any Leeds success.

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