For a number of Leeds United’s on-loan players, the chances of breaking back into Marcelo Bielsa’s first team remains unlikely. But for Jay-Roy Grot, he may have just done enough to salvage a second chance.
The likes of Vurnon Anita, Pawel Cibicki, Laurens De Bock and more are all as good as forgotten. But for Grot, the powerful youngster still has plenty of promise. He is showing that in his home country.
The 21-year-old joined Leeds in the summer of 2017 as one of Victor Orta’s many unknown signings. Plenty of hype surrounded the Netherlands youth international, with Leeds splashing out £1.5million to land him (YEP).
But he scored just one goal in 22 league and cup appearances for Leeds. He was booed by the expectant Leeds fanbase – despite being a teenager when first joining the Yorkshire outfit.
Last summer, Bielsa chose not to incorporate Grot into his plans and he was shipped out on loan to VVV-Venlo. Since his move, the versatile attacker has shown glimpses of what he is capable of.
He has scored three goals in 16 Eredivisie stats. But its not just his form for the top-tier outfit. He posted a video of his goal as Netherlands’ Under-20 side beat the Czech Republic by two goals to nil.
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Leeds – yes or no?
So, does Grot have a future at Elland Road? Bielsa is known to prefer a squad that is somewhat streamlined. He likes to have players that can play in multiple positions, rather than lots of players only suited to one area of the pitch.
Grot can certainly do a job up front and also out wide, adhering to Bielsa’s preference to versatility. The simple question is whether Grot has the quality – and what are the chances he will live up to his early hype.
He has shown in glimpses he can do it. Grot is worth keeping on to see if he can turn glimpses into consistency next season. But if he cannot, then it is curtains for the Dutch star.