It was no surprise earlier this month that Leeds United loaned out Dutch forward Jay-Roy Grot. He headed back to the Netherlands, joining VVV Venlo, after failing to make a significant impact at Elland Road.
What might come as a surprise is the other team who apparently wanted him?
According to Fotospor in Turkey, the 20-year-old also had the chance to join Fenerbahce this summer. The Dutchman was reportedly a target for his countryman and newly appointed Fener boss Phillip Cocu.
It would certainly have been a shock to see the bullish front-man make the move to one of Turkish football’s biggest clubs, considering his season at Leeds.
Grot did not impress fans with his performances at Elland Road. In a total of 22 matches for Leeds, he managed one goal and one assist.
Despite possessing clear raw talent, it seemed first-team football in the Championship was a little beyond him at the time.
“We believe that Jay-Roy has a strong future ahead of him and we feel that regularly playing games is going to be a key part of his development.”
What he needs now is regular playing time somewhere he feels comfortable, like Venlo. Moving to Fenerbahce would have been a big mistake, despite the lure of the Istanbul giants. The Leeds man decided his future was best off benefitting from a spell back in Holland and he is absolutely right to do so.
Hopefully, he can prove himself a talent worthy of a future at Leeds.