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Leeds United - Vibrancy mixed with experience recipe for Monk success

Garry Monk has kept his cards close to his chest when revealing who he has been touting this summer, but the addition of some key summer signings shows he is confidently going about his transfer business.

In early July, Monk signed young winger Matt Grimes, 20, on-loan from his old club Swansea City before completing a deal for experienced free agent goalkeeper Rob Green, giving Whites fans a taste of what his team will look like come the first fixture of the EFL Championship campaign against QPR on August 7.

Monk has also raided the Swans for defender Kyle Bartley, in what has proved to be a shrewd move on a season-long loan, as his experience and leadership qualities at the back will prove vital.

Despite giving into the pleas of Bournemouth recruit Lewis Cook to move to the Premier League, he has so far managed to keep Charlie Taylor and Alex Mowatt who are both young and experienced enough to kick on and play more important roles this season - something their manager will be keen to ensure.

With Monk being a young starter in the management business himself, the 37-year-old will also want to prove a point after his sacking by Swansea despite leading them to their best ever finish of 8th place in the 2014/15 season.

I predict his style of football will be possession-based, just like his time in South Wales, and Hadi Sacko's goal for United (another young addition from Sporting Lisbon) in their 2-1 opening pre-season win over Shelbourne, shows the exciting potential we have if he plays under that system.

Kemar Roofe although undoubtedly expensive, will prove to be a good foil for Chris Wood if he plays with two forwards, as his pace and finishing will be an asset alongside the New Zealander striker.

The prolific Swede Marcus Antonsson also adds attacking bite while the loan signing of former Swansea and Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez is an inspired piece of business.

Monk will still want to include a couple more players to really finish of his squad, perhaps a right-back to compete with Gaetano Berardi.

Indeed with Scott Wootton leaving this summer, it is essential Leeds has someone who plays in that position especially with Berardi's injury and suspension record over the last couple of years.

Since the appointment was made, I was quietly positive that not only Monk knew what he wanted to do with the squad, but also how he wanted to assemble it.

Now we may have the right blend of experience and youth to really stir up the Championship this season.

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