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Jay-Roy Grot must improve in loan spell to earn Leeds United reprieve

In summer 2017, Leeds United signed Jay-Roy Grot from NEC Nijmegen for an undisclosed fee.

Leeds, under the management of Thomas Christiansen, handed Grot a four-year deal.

But the towering 6ft 4in striker failed to adapt to life in England, scoring just once in 20 league games for Leeds, although he only started one game.

Grot was one of several strikers brought in to replace prolific Chris Wood, who had joined Burnley.

But Grot, alongside Caleb Ekuban, Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Pawel Cibicki, all failed to impress.

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Marcelo Bielsa took over this summer and has been ruthless, with none of those four strikers still at the club.

Grot was loaned out to VVV Venlo – who play in the Dutch Eredivisie – in a bid to improve him for his return next summer.

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But so far, the Netherlands under-21 international has struggled back in Holland.

With just two goals to his name in 15 appearances, it is clear that he needs to get on the score sheet more often to save his Leeds career.

Grot needs to prove to Bielsa that he can be the goal scorer Leeds are searching for.

But with a poor hit rate this term, the 20-year-old is unlikely to convince Bielsa that he can be better than Kemar Roofe, Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts.

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