Jay Roy-Grot has intimated that he doesn't believe his Leeds United career is over.
The Dutch striker was loaned to Vitesse earlier this summer, having spent last season with VVV-Venlo.
It would appear as if Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa doesn't have a long-term plan for the towering 6'3 forward, who joined the Whites two years ago.
But although the 21-year-old has admitted that he's 'out of the picture' at Elland Road, Grot insists that he can 'handle the Championship' yet.
He told Gelderlander in the Netherlands: "I want to take steps as a football player. I’m now out of the picture at Leeds. But in my heart, I did not say goodbye to the club. I also don’t regret United for a moment.
“As a person I have become much wiser there. I am young. I have to be patient. I can handle the Championship. Vitesse is now my priority.”
You can't fault Grot's heart because, going by this, he clearly does want to succeed with Leeds. But is he good enough? Early evidence suggests probably not.
Grot only scored once in 20 Championship games during the 2017-18 campaign, though many of these were cameo appearances off the bench.
Still, they qualify as chances to impress and the fact that he couldn't make the most of those opportunities isn't a good sign.
That being said, he is still very young and a good season in the Eredivisie might give him the confidence to return to Leeds next summer and make a statement of intent.
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