After BBC pundit remarks, Leeds youngster in peril of ending Elland Road career before it starts
It’s been a dreadful season for Leeds and one thing’s for sure, there will be casualties at the end of it.
Paul Heckingbottom could well lose his job and several players will get shipped on and hopefully replaced by real quality capable of pushing the club towards promotion.
Youngster Jay-Roy Grot could be one of them if he’s not careful.
The young striker was seen as one for the future after being signed for £1.5million from Dutch side NEC Nijmegen.
He’s played 18 Championship games but has only had one start, with one goal being the sum of his league returns.
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That’s not a bad thing in itself. Grot has been shielded from most of the fallout from a team that’s clearly not good enough.
At just 20, Grot is powerful enough and young enough to be a real talent.
But he could have sabotaged his career on Friday night in the game against Aston Villa.
BBC Radio Leeds pundit Noel Whelan couldn’t believe his attitude when he was warming up to come on the pitch, labelling him “Diabolical, lazy, unprofessional.
“I don’t want the young lads seeing that, I wouldn’t put them [Grot and Lasogga] on the bench again, they shouldn’t play for Leeds again in my opinion. I’d give it to the young lads with passion and desire.”
Someone needs to take grot aside and have a very harsh word in his ear. It’s one thing to be a big-money Bundesliga striker on his way out in the summer and do stuff like that.
It’s entirely another to be a 20-year-old with a huge shot at making it in the English game.
Who’s going to want him if Leeds do decide he’s either not good enough or that his attitude means he won’t cut it?
It could have been the biggest mistake of his life but he’s young enough to deserve another chance. Just one though – and that must be made very clear to him by whoever’s going to be in charge next season.