Jones eager to pit his wits against United boss Monk

Hatters boss Nathan Jones is looking forward to pitting his wits against Leeds United chief Garry Monk when the pair cross swords at Kenilworth Road in the EFL Cup this evening.

Tuesday, 23rd August 2016, 1:21 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd August 2016, 2:25 pm
Hatters boss Nathan Jones
Hatters boss Nathan Jones

The 37-year-old was appointed in charge at Elland Road during the summer, but got off to a difficult start taking only one point from his opening three league games, until a 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

He said: “I know Garry very well, he’s a player I played against many times, and obviously when he took over at Swansea I spoke to him on a few occasions.

“He works with a lot of people I knew and worked with and I spoke to him after he left Swansea, albeit a little bit harshly if you like because he did good work there, but it’s good to see him continuing the work he did at Swansea at Leeds.”

Monk has made a number of additions to his squad at Elland Road since taking over, splashing out £2m on Marcus Antonsson from Swedish side Kalmar and £3m for Oxford United star Kemar Roofe, plus bringing in Bristol City full back Luke Ayling and former England keeper Rob Green.

Leeds have also added Matt Grimes from Swansea and Bordeaux’s Hadi Sacko on loan deals too, as when asked about the business done by United, Jones continued: “I think they’ve recruited well, Kemar is a realistic one, one who did very very well at League Two, clearly was above League Two, but this will be a good test for him.

“They’ve signed a friend of mine Luke Ayling who’s an established Championship right back who does very well in this division.

“They’ve got a good hungry group, seem to have a good team spirit and I think they’ll do well.”

Jones hopes that the Whites will approach the game in a positive mood too, adding: “I can’t second guess what Leeds are going to do, but it would make a change for a side to come out and try to win a game at Kenilworth Road.

“All we can do is put a side out that we feel can win a game and then whatever problems are posed to us during the game, we have to find solutions.”