According to a recent report from The Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United are ‘quietly hopeful’ that Jay-Roy Grot will improve during his loan spell this season. The 20-year-old only made the move to Elland Road last summer after coming up through the ranks to begin his senior career at NEC, yet he has been shipped out on loan to VVV-Venlo for the entirety of this season after struggling in Yorkshire last term.
Yet the Whites are reportedly ‘hopeful’ that the 20-year-old can indeed improve as a player this term, with the man himself needing to take a leaf out of Mateusz Klich’s book if he is to indeed make the grade at Leeds.
Ultimately, 28-year-old Klich joined Grot as a summer signing at Elland Road last summer, but struggled in making just ten senior appearances for the Whites last season, before eventually being shipped out on loan to Dutch side FC Utrecht in January such was his lowly position in the pecking order.
But by producing the goods during his temporary spell away from Leeds in the second half of last season, netting once and laying on three assists in 16 appearances for the Eredivisie side, the Poland international has returned to Leeds a much better player, and one that has become a key part of Marcelo Bielsa’s first team.
Klich has started all six of their Championship games so far this term and in that time has scored three goals and laid on one assist for the Yorkshire giants, thus underling that he has become a hugely integral figure for the Whites, and one that is likely to play a big part in their promotion challenge this season.
Thus, Klich’s experiences alone should be enough to convince 20-year-old Grot that all is not lost at Leeds, and that a fine loan spell could pave the way for a return to the Whites first team.
The forward only netted once in 22 appearances for the Yorkshire heavyweights last season to suggest that he was some way out of his depth, but in starting on just one occasion in the Championship, it’s not as if he got to prove himself regularly to managers Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom.
But at the tender age of 20, there is clearly time for the Netherlands Under-20 international to develop into an accomplished forward that can seriously benefit Leeds going forward, and a loan spell away playing regular football, which isn’t likely at Elland Road this season, appears to be his best course of action.
And he simply must take a leaf out of Klich’s book in a bid to make the grade at Leeds in the future.
Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!