'Deserves to play' - Leeds figure backs first season flop to star after important breakthrough
Leeds United’s under-23 head coach Carlos Corberan has backed struggling striker Jay Roy Grot to be a success at Elland Road after scoring his first goal for the Whites’ reserve side.
The 19-year-old forward, a summer signing from Dutch side NEC Nijmegen, has been dubbed a flop by the Leeds faithful after the first half of the season, having failed to find the back of the net in his 15 appearances for the senior side, although only three of those have been in the starting XI.
He was left behind by Thomas Christiansen as the first team jetted off on a warm weather training camp in Spain, and instead had a starring role for the reserve side on Monday night, netting the only goal to secure a 1-0 win over Huddersfield under-23s.
After netting what is his first strike for any of the Whites’ sides, Corberan has backed the Dutch powerhouse to become a star at the club, insisting that his performance and goal for the reserves will be an important breakthrough and boost his confidence.
He told LUTV on the club’s official website: “We’re happy because it’s good for his confidence and he needed the support of everyone. He deserves to play and he has good skills.
“He wants to show at Leeds United that he’s a Leeds United player and he’s a very ambitious guy.
“He’s a good player and a good finisher. He received the penalty, he scored one goal and that’s very positive for him because with his attitude I 100 per cent think he’s going to have good success at Leeds United.”
The youngster signed a four-year deal with the club when signing, and was one of a host of attacking arrivals during the summer, joining Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Caleb Ekuban, Ezgjan Alioski and Samu Saiz in bolstering the Whites’ forward line.
In other Leeds United news, an update has been delivered on the club’s active hunt to snap up some additional firepower this month.