Leeds’ hunt for a natural left-back this summer came to a conclusion when they managed to strike a deal with Spanish giants Barcelona over a move for Junior.
The Spaniard clocked up his first full 90-minutes for Leeds in the Premier League on Sunday in their 3-0 loss against Liverpool, as he continues his integration into boss Marcelo Bielsa’s style of play.
Although Junior is yet to put in a convincing performance for his new club, former Leeds manager Grayson is confident he will get up to speed when he has more games and training sessions under his belt.
Grayson explained that Junior has undeniable football pedigree having played for the likes of Barcelona and Leeds will see the best of him when fully settles into life at Elland Road.
Asked about his thoughts on Junior’s performance against Liverpool, Grayson said on BBC Radio Leeds: “He is a player that is just new to the team.
“He is still learning the dynamics of the group.
“He is a player that is playing at a different level at Barcelona, where they have loads of the ball and he is attacking all the time.
“He has got to defend 1 vs 1 at times, well lots of times especially against a team like Liverpool.
“So, I think, look he has got the pedigree.
“I think the more game time he gets, the more training he gets, I think he will get up to speed and be fine because his pedigree shows that, and you do not play for Barcelona if you are a poor player.”
Leeds are set to travel to Tyneside to take on Newcastle United on Friday in the Premier League and Junior will be hoping that Bielsa will hand him another start.