Ramon Nunez enhanced his claim to a frontline role at Elland Road with a goal against Motherwell which Simon Grayson described as “Ramon all over”.The Leeds United midfielder produced a sublime finish at Fir Park on Saturday to earn his club a 2-1 victory over Motherwell and secure their second pre-season win.
Nunez, a Honduran international, is looking to break into Leeds’ first team next season after a year at Elland Road in which he featured predominantly in the reserves.He also moved briefly on loan to Scunthorpe United.
The 25-year-old produced the performance of most note in United’s 2-0 defeat of Falkirk last Wednesday night and his strike against Motherwell – coming at the end of a run past several defenders – strengthened his growing reputation.
Grayson said: “That’s Ramon all over.
“He’s doing what we’re asking him to do and what we believe he’s capable of doing. There’s a talented player in there.
“He’s got great feet, great imagination and a lot of flair.
“You can see his trickery and his skill on the ball and I’m delighted with the way he’s coming on.
“He’s shown us this ability many times in training and that’s why we wanted to keep him here.
“He’s showing it on a slightly bigger stage now and I’d like to think he’ll keep on improving.”
Leeds took up the option of tying Nunez to a new 12-month deal earlier this year, and his performance in United’s first two summer fixtures have increased the possibility of Grayson blooding him properly next term.
Grayson heaped praise on Leeds’ performance against Motherwell – a club who begin their own season on Saturday – and said he was happy with the progress made by his existing squad during their week-long tour of Scotland.
“At this stage it’s still about fitness more than anything,” said Grayson.
“But I thought we showed quite a bit of sharpness in the final third against Motherwell.
“It goes down as a very good tour and it’s served its purpose as far as I’m concerned.”