What's gone wrong for Garry Monk at Leeds United so far?

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Two defeats in two certainly wasn't in the Garry Monk script as he starts life at Elland Road, but what's gone wrong so far in the league?

Leeds United's manager Garry MonkLeeds United's manager Garry Monk

Monk needs time
The Championship is as ruthless a league as it comes and Monk will need time from the board to get to grips with the demands upon him. 

Massimo Cellino has a tendency to hire and fire managers although if he's able to stay patient, we may start to see the Monk of Swansea City where he was able to take on a side with an identity and philosophy that everyone understood, rather than the first two games where it simply looks like a work in progress. 

Let's not forget where Leeds United have come from, years of no stability, managers in and out, overhaul in playing staff, relegation to the third tier and an owner who fails to understand what it takes to run a club of the stature of Leeds. 

In Monk they have a bright young manager who is hungry to succeed after a torrid end to a successful spell in south Wales, patience will prevail but will he be granted the time he deserves?

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Players need to harden up
Monk has tried to inherit a young and fresh side with the likes of Kyle Bartley, Kemar Roofe and Matt Grimes, despite their qualities on the ball, adding some spice and excitement into their play, it's clearly evident that experience may be something that the side lack at the moment.

Manager Monk expressed after his sides 2-1 home defeat to Birmingham City at the weekend that his team are too soft, allowing Birmingham to win challenges, 50/50 balls and a stronger mentality when things aren't going their way which may concern the manager. 

He told Talksport:  "We have a young group of players, but you are in a man's world and you have to do more than that.

"We are not here to put cotton wool around anyone. The players have the capability but they have to grow up and grow fast.

"They have to have a strong mentality. The better mentality you have, the higher up the league you go.

"We have to be mentally stronger in situations like today. Birmingham were not doing much, they then put more battle into it and they got something from it."

Monk will possibly be on the look out for players who can add some guidance and know how to help this young dressing room out.

Leeds United's Kyle Bartley in action with QPR's Sebastien Polter

Reinforcements needed?
A bright first half from Leeds however it saw them unable to put Birmingham out of sight after dominating the majority of the exchanges in the opening 45 minutes which led to them going into half time at 1-1.

Chris Wood and Marcus Antonsson led the line on Saturday although either player failed to make an impact. Wood started in the opening day defeat at Queens Park Rangers but was isolated and seemed to fade as the game went on, which will be food for thought for the manager.

One goal in two league games will be a worry especially given how they dominated the first half on Saturday, could Monk dip into the market once more?

Leeds United's Chris Wood

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