The undisclosed fee capture of Jay-Roy Grot from NEC Nijmegen back in the summer of 2017 hasn’t proven to be one of Leeds United’s better deals in the transfer market in recent years.
The Dutch youngster came in as one for the future, but he’s only made four starting appearances for us, with a further 19 showings from the substitutes bench and the attacker only contributed one goal.
Different fans have different takes on his performances though, but he wasn’t for manager Marcelo Bielsa and last summer we sent him back out to the Eredivisie for a season with VVV Velno. That was better for the lad as he made 19 starts and 14 substitute showings, returning six goals and three assists playing predominantly as a left sided forward/winger.
With the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting this week that we were likely to try and send him out on loan again, and with Scottish side Hearts linked, some old disagreements about Grot seemed to come out on social media as fans weighed up the move. Vitesse Arnhem are also namechecked as having an interest.
With a strong belief that he cost us £750,000 most seem to agree a very good loan spell would be in our best interests to make some profit on him and then move on, but if he returns with some confidence and better settles he could be an option for Bielsa with all the talk about wingers.
I think this lad has quality and could really do well under Bielsa
— @jdouglass????lufc (@Douglass1John) June 19, 2019
A loan to Hearts be a good move for Grot and club, still think he's got potential but had massive loss of confidence. Hope he gets second chance at Leeds too.
— Neil Summers (@neilyboy1919) June 18, 2019
Think club let Grot down badly tbh the manager was playing him when he was clearly struggling to adapt to pace of game over here fans were crucifying him should have taken him out of firing line and put him in dev team until he was ready club & should have played him wide Right
— Browns comcleaning (@BComcleaning) June 18, 2019
It’ll be a good loan for him that , there is a player in there I’m sure
— Jonny Brown ???????????????? (@Jonnyboylufc) June 18, 2019
Another odd signing, why sign players that will consistently go out on year loans! I understand sending out academy products! But signing someone, that won’t get a game?
— Liam (@liamhall86) June 18, 2019
Good call that. Has the bulk and mobility plus Bielsa Ball has the ability to work wonders
— Dumpfor (@Dumpforsp) June 19, 2019
Bring him back another striker is also good
— iron 16 (@nick0510) June 18, 2019