With Grot ineligible for January loan, should Leeds persist or remove him from the firing line entirely?

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

The Leeds United player has already featured for two clubs this season but he is not impressing for the Whites.

Leicester City's Welsh midfielder Andy King (C) vies with Leeds United's Spanish midfielder Pablo Hernandez (L) and Leeds United's Dutch midfielder Jay-Roy Grot (R) during the English...

A section of Leeds United fans made it clear that they were not happy with manager Thomas Christiansen's decision to send on Jay-Roy Grot with time running out against Norwich City last weekend. Yet the Whites are stuck with the 19-year-old for the rest of the season despite some supporters hoping he will be sent out on loan.

At just 19, it is clear Grot needs time to develop his game before he is regarded as a worthy and influential first-team option but, having already played for two clubs this season, the teenager is ineligible for a loan move in the first half of 2018.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

As a result, Leeds have a decision to make: they either persevere with the player and hope he comes good or they remove him from the spotlight altogether.

The latter option is trickier while Leeds are relatively light on attacking options but once Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Caleb Ekuban return from injury, Grot could be moved into the under-23s where he could rediscover his form without the constant pressure that comes with first-team football.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Grot has the speed and the build to be a fine striker for Leeds in years to come, but he is not there yet and continuing to play him for a few minutes at the end of matches is unlikely to improve his confidence.

While older players such as Pawel Cibicki and Ezgjan Alioski have come good once they have their feet under the table, Grot needs time away from the boo boys and that could mean second string football is his best option from the turn of the year.

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