By Danny Wright
BBC Radio Leeds pundit Noel Whelan has slammed striker Jay-Roy Grot for his “lazy” performance in Leeds United’s League Cup loss to Leciester on Tuesday night.
Grot, 19, was signed up by Thomas Christiansen in the summer but is yet to really impress, although he has only being handed two starts for the Whites.
However after being named on the team sheet ahead of Tuesday’s 3-1 loss at the King Power, Grot did little to justify any future selections in the Championship now that Leeds have been knocked out of one of the cup competitions.
Former Elland Road played Whelan was left disappointed with the Dutch teenager’s performance in the East Midlands and absolutely tore into him on BBC Radio Leeds after the game.
“He doesn’t use his body well enough,” said Whelan.
“He’s not strong enough, whether that’s coming from his head, I’m not so sure, whether he thinks he’s got the good-given right because he’s got the good physique to hold the ball up, you don’t.
He added: “He’s lazy, he needs to start working harder. He needs to start getting himself on the side of the halfway line where the ball is.
“He needs to bring people into play, need to see more from him because right now, I’m seeing a 19-year-old baby.”
Grot has made eight appearances across all competitions since joining Leeds but has only earned game time off the bench in the league as Pierre-Michel Lasogga is clearly Christiansen’s No 1 choice to play up front.
The Dutch attacker, who is yet to score in England, did little to threaten the Leicester goal and although he was playing against Premier League opposition, it seems that Whelan has took issue with the work ethic of the player.
Lasogga is most likely to be restored to the starting line-up against Sheffield United this weekend, meaning Grot could be dropped to the bench.
He may not get a decent shot in the first-team until the festive period or until the FA Cup starts now that Leeds are out of the League Cup, barring any injuries.