After one goal in 20 appearances for Leeds United, Marcelo Bielsa loaned Jay-Roy Grot out to Eredivisie side VVV Venlo.
Jay-Roy Grot was one of 24 players that Leeds United either sold, released or loaned out in the summer and there were few eyebrows raised when he made a temporary switch to VVV Venlo.
The 20-year-old Dutchman struggled in his debut season at Elland Road, scoring just once in 20 Championship appearances following a move from Eerste Divise side NEC Nijmegen.
And Grot has been open about the fact that he had to deal with plenty of criticism from fans that perhaps expected too much too soon from a rookie forward.
That said, he is starting to show what Victor Orta saw in him since returning to Holland. After a couple of promising performances, Grot scored his first goal for VVV on Saturday shortly after setting up the opener in a 3-0 thrashing of NAC Breda.
And, in quotes reported by FCUpdate, Grot has perhaps indicated why he is playing in the Eredivisie right now rather than Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds first-team.
“I don’t have such good technique myself, but I’m quick and I have a good shot, luckily I could show that against NAC,” he said.
Grot is certainly a raw talent with a lot of rough edges. And, as it stands, his rangy and rather clumsy style does not make him an ideal fit for Bielsa, who demands speed, intensity and above all excellent technique from his players.
But, if Grot can hone his first-touch and link-play over in Holland, there is no reason why Bielsa would not give him a second chance at Leeds in 2019.