Another Monk decision vindicated as Reece Wabara, snubbed by Leeds United, signs for Bolton Wanderers

Leeds United manager Garry Monk before the match

Wabara was one of several options snubbed by the Leeds United boss, who eventually signed Luke Ayling instead.

Reece Wabara in action for Manchester CityReece Wabara in action for Manchester City

Nearly eight months since his release by Wigan Athletic, Reece Wabara has himself a club.

The former Manchester City youngster - who is the founder and CEO of clothing company Manière De Voir - is back in the third tier with Bolton Wanderers, where he could win his second promotion in as many years.

A former England Under-20 international, there's little doubt Wabara has ability and at 25, he has plenty of time left to show it.

But it's hard to deny that turning down the chance to sign him last summer has proved a shrewd move by Leeds United boss Garry Monk.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported Wabara, along with Fleetwood right-back Conor McLaughlin, was offered to the Whites last July, only for Monk to inform his employers neither player would 'significantly enhance his squad'.

Veteran Italian Gabriele Perico later arrived at Elland Road on trial, but Monk didn't fancy him either and the 37-year-old eventually turned to Bristol City's Luke Ayling, who Wood and Jansson aside would be a strong candidate for Leeds' player of the year award.

Leeds' Ronaldo Vieira celebrates scoring their third goal with Luke AylingLeeds' Ronaldo Vieira celebrates with teammate Luke Ayling

With the emergency loan window abolished this season, squads appear to have gotten bigger and bigger and it would be all too easy to fill up on bodies.

Monk, however, resisted that urge and Leeds are reaping the benefits.

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