According to Dutch source De Gelderlander, Leeds United striker Jay-Roy Grot has already had his future sorted for next season, and it won’t be at Elland Road.

Instead, say De Gelderlander, Grot will be back out on loan to his hometown club Vitesse Arnhem and again playing in the Dutch top tier – the Eredivisie. Much was expected of the highly rated youngster when he signed on at Elland Road, it is safe to say that expectations and promise didn’t match up to what fans saw.

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That’s pretty much the story of Jay-Roy Grot and his first season at Elland Road. The now 20-year-old cut an imposing figure upon arrival, looking a hulking unit hewn from Dutch-Surinamese granite. However, whilst appearing like the Hulk, many Leeds fans lambasted him for playing with a much less imposing presence and solidity.

His first season at Elland Road saw Grot make 22 appearances, the bulk as an oncoming substitute, scoring one goal and providing one assist. It was his general style of play though that grated with Leeds fans. Despite his physical attributes, Grot was too easily pushed off the ball by more savvy opponents and there were also accusations of a too laid back approach to his game.

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Last season the 21-year-old rangy striker spent a season out on loan at VVV-Venlo for whom he featured in 33 Eredivisie games where he scored six goals and provided three assists. He largely impressed whilst back in Holland and on loan, to such a degree that he is wanted back there by Vitesse.

De Gelderlander state that Vitesse “is in far-reaching negotiations with the player” and that the youngster is “in Arnhem for the medical examination.” They go on to say that the Eredivisie side “wants to loan” Grot from Leeds “for a year“.

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Vitesse are not commenting on the situation, and there’s no word from Leeds United. However, it’s not certain that Grot is in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans for the coming season so perhaps another loan deal away from Elland Road might be the best for both parties.


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