Leeds United have officially sent Jay-Roy Grot away on loan to VVV-Venlo after considering offers from a number of European outfits. Speaking about the 20-year-old’s departure, Leeds Director of Football, Victor Orta said, “A lot of clubs have shown interest in taking Jay-Roy on loan this summer and we have worked hard to analyse each option to find the best solution for the player and for our club.”
“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. We wish him every success this season and we are confident he can only benefit from this experience.”
The striker becomes the sixth player to leave Elland Road this summer. Madger Gomes, Felix Wiedwald, Lewie Coyle, Pawel Cibicki have all departed with Andy Lonergan agreeing to terminate his contract based on mutual agreement with the club.
Now it is being reported that left-back, Tyler Denton will also be heading to Peterborough United for the upcoming season. The player who appeared in a single game for the Peacocks senior team opted out of a move to Brescia and instead chose to link up with former United manager, Steve Evans at the ABAX Stadium.
Marco Bielsa is not here to entertain any sort of operational inefficiency or fruitless commitments. He is clearing up as much space needed in the wage books to bring in additional signings through this summer window.
The highly decorated Argentine boss is coming on to return the club to promotion-chasing ways and that would require him to get rid of last season’s incompetence. Jay-Roy Grot is still a developing youngster who could use regular minutes on the pitch to improve his game.
The 20-year-old was brought over from Eerste Divisie club, NEC last summer on a four-year deal. He had made 23 appearances this past season during which he managed to score once and create one assist. He started in the occasional cup games but mostly came off the bench to register 635 minutes of game time in total.
With 13 caps to his name for the Netherlands U17 and U19 teams, Jay-Roy has a lot of potential to fulfil in the EFL Championship but still needs to undergo the proper development process.
Hopefully, a season back home will be able to give him the confidence to prove his worth to Bielsa and the Whites fans. Leeds are in desperate need of an able striking figure and the Dutchman could be a prominent figure in the club’s future.