Jay-Roy Grot has told Dutch outlet Gelderlander that he is has not given up on his Leeds United future, but reckons that he is “out of the picture” and is pessimistic about his chances.
Grot, 21, joined Leeds in the summer of 2017 from Dutch Eredivisie side NEC Nijmegen, but struggled to make an impact at Elland Road. He clocked up just 22 matches for the Whites during 2017-18.
Last season, he went back on loan to the top tier of Dutch football last term, turning out for VVV-Venlo. He impressed, scoring six goals and laying on three assists – and it has now earned him a move to Vitesse Arnham.
Now on a second-season long loan away from Elland Road, the £1.5million signing (Daily Express) is lacking in confidence over the chances of returning to the Leeds fold under Marcelo Bielsa. But he is not giving up.
“I want to take steps as a football player. I’m now out of the picture at Leeds. But in my heart, I did not say goodbye to the club. I also don’t regret United for a moment,” Grot said.
“As a person I have become much wiser there. I am young. I have to be patient. I can handle the Championship. Vitesse is now my priority.”
TBR’s view – Grot has potential, but Leeds future hinges on one thing
Grot has enormous potential and certainly has the chance of pushing himself into the first team at Elland Road, considering he is still only 21 years of age and has scored goals at the top of Dutch football.
But one thing that could determine whether he has a chance of regaining a place in the Leeds side is whether he can impress on loan at Vitesse. If he can get into double figures, Grot deserves a chance at Elland Road.