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Leeds United's summer signings graded: Pontus Jansson tops the class

Leeds United manager Garry Monk

Leeds United have made a bright start to the season under Garry Monk.

After years of settling for mid-table mediocrity, Leeds United fans seemingly have the chance to be optimistic this season. 

Going into the international break, the Whites were sixth in the Championship, which is the highest position they have been in since Massimo Cellino arrived at Elland Road.

Garry Monk has, rightfully, taken much of the credit for the success, but it is fair to say that much of United's business in the summer transfer window has had a massive impact on their form.

With that in mind, here is a look at how each of the summer signings have fared since they were brought in, along with the grades their form has arguably deserved:

Matt Grimes (F)

The on-loan midfielder has failed to make any notable impact since his arrival from Swansea, which is surprising given that Monk was the man who saw enough in him to bring him to the Swans in the first place. He has not started since the opening day, and has struggled to find a place in Leeds' midfield.

Kemar Roofe (D)

The forward was sensational for Oxford last year, but has arguably been the player to suffer the most due to Chris Wood's form. Roofe has often been deployed out on the wing, and is still awaiting his first goal for the club after 15 appearances. Leeds fans are still optimistic about Roofe however, and it seems likely that when his performance is assessed during the next break, the general opinion will be a lot more positive.

Leeds United's Marcus Antonsson and Fulham's Michael Madl in actionLeeds United's Marcus Antonsson and Fulham's Michael Madl in action

Marcus Antonsson (C-)

The Swede gets a slightly better grade than his fellow forward simply as slightly less was expected of Antonsson when he was signed. Despite his brilliant recent form for Kalmar, his lack of knowledge of the English game meant that it was always a gamble spending £2m on him (via Yorkshire Evening Post). His movement has often been very clever.

Liam Bridcutt (C+)

Had Leeds fans been offered the chance to bring Bridcutt back on any kind of deal during the summer after his excellent loan spell, most would have had no hesitation in accepting such an offer as getting the holding midfielder back simply seemed essential. However, injury has meant that he has made just four appearances, and in his absence, Leeds have lost just twice in 11 games. 

Rob Green (B)

Despite a poor performance on the opening day, the former England international's arrival has proven to be a good piece of business, especially on a free transfer. He has arguably looked a lot more assured than Marco Silvestri did during his time as number one, and few eyebrows would be raised if the 36-year-old signed a new deal.

Pablo Hernandez (B+)

Hernandez has the potential to be the kind of player that could inspire Leeds to promotion, but he also has the potential to frustrate supporters enormously. His creativity is something that the Whites have perhaps lacked in recent years, and his partnership with Chris Wood could prove vital in the coming months.

Hadi Sacko (B+)

Leeds have a sketchy track record when it comes to signing wingers. For every Stuart Dallas, there has been a Jimmy Kebe or Ryan Hall. But Sacko has been a revelation since arriving on loan from Sporting Lisbon. No Leeds player has contributed more assists in the Championship, and United supporters will surely be hoping that his loan is made permanent in the near future.

Hadi Sacko of Leeds United in action with Jack Payne of Huddersfield TownHadi Sacko of Leeds United in action with Jack Payne of Huddersfield Town

Luke Ayling (B+)

The signing from Bristol City would have known that had he failed to grasp his chance, Monk would have been able to call upon the likes of Lewie Coyle or Gaetano Berardi, depending on their fitness. However, the right-back has been as crucial to the side's defensive record as any other member of the back five. His consistency has perhaps made him one of the surprises of the season.

Eunan O'Kane (A-)

The fact that Liam Bridcutt is not assured of a starting spot upon his return from injury is largely down to Eunan O'Kane's form. The Republic of Ireland international has brought plenty of Premier League quality to Leeds' midfield, and his presence has seemingly got the best out of Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira. 

Kyle Bartley (A)

The stand-in skipper has been superb leading the side through their current purple patch. Leeds have struggled to find a consistent centre-back in recent years, but Bartley has ticked all the boxes and getting him signed permanently is perhaps as essential as any other piece of business Leeds do in January.

Leeds' Pontus Jansson celebrates scoring their first goalLeeds' Pontus Jansson celebrates scoring their first goal

Pontus Jansson (A+)

Speaking of essential pieces of business, it is simply vital that Leeds manage to keep Jansson at the club beyond the duration of his loan spell. The Sweden international is already a cult-hero amongst the Elland Road faithful, and his almost-emotional style easily inspires everyone around him. 

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