'He’s got a long, long way to go' - Whelan slams one Leeds player after win v Norwich
Noel Whelan slammed Jay-Roy Grot for his performance in Leeds United’s 1-0 win against Norwich at Elland Road on Saturday and has suggested that Thomas Christiansen may need to sign up someone with a better impact than him.
Grot, 19, came off the bench in the 81st minute to replace Samuel Saiz, and even though the Dutch teenager had such little time to play on the pitch, BBC pundit Whelan had no doubts that he wasn’t good enough enough.
The striker has only made two starts across all competitions for Leeds signing signing from NEC Nijmegen in the summer transfer window and has largely been used as a substitute in the final few minutes of games.
He is yet to find the back of the net and Whelan doesn’t think that Grot is anywhere near good enough for Christiansen’s squad at the moment.
“The basics have got to be better,” Whelan told BBC Radio Leeds. “He obviously isn’t good enough at the moment. We need a better class of player to be able to come onto the pitch and who we trust.
“There doesn’t seem to be much thought about his game. All the little details that should be there don’t seem to be there at the moment. He’s got a long, long way to go and has to work really hard to improve his game.”
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Grot has seemingly been Christiansen’s second choice striker this season behind Pierre-Michel Lasogga, but the Dutch teenager has slowly slipped down the pecking order and may now find it really hard to get a start with Kemar Roofe’s form improving.
The target man is yet to earn a start in the Championship and has made 12 appearances off the bench, with his longest stint on the pitch being just 28 minutes.
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