By Russell Edge

17th Dec, 2017 | 2:48pm

Report hints at Leeds attacker's January exit as Christiansen eyes recruits

Leeds United striker Jay Roy Grot may find himself shipped out on a loan spell in January as Thomas Christiansen looks to bring in attacking reinforcements in January, according to a report.

The Yorkshire Evening Post claim on their website that there is a definite need for a new striker at Elland Road as a result of the injury woes which they have suffered this season, with Pierre-Michel Lasogga yet to return to fitness after his layoff and Caleb Ekuban now out for six weeks with a broken foot.

The situation has left Christiansen with just Kemar Roofe, a natural winger, the unproven Pawel Cibicki, utilised on the wing in recent weeks and Grot as his only options up top, as the club look to fight for a Championship play off spot.

The 19-year-old Dutch striker has been limited to a handful of substitute appearances for the club and has failed to impress, with manager Christiansen slamming fans for booing him during the club’s 1-0 win over Norwich City.

It is said that if the Danish boss does manage to bring in reinforcements as is expected, then Grot looks set to be shipped out on loan to gain the necessary experience of playing first team football.

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Sending Grot out on a loan spell seems to be the best thing for him, as his confidence and ability are unlikely to be boosted by 10 minute cameos at the end of matches. He has a lot to offer, physically standing at 6’4″, and just needs the game time to settle in, hone his abilities and become the best striker possible. With the Whites pushing for a top six spot they need players who can bang in the goals, a la Chris Wood last season, and without securing a natural goal scorer they can wave goodbye to hopes of a Premier League return this season.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has voiced his worries over one man and says the club must replace him in the January transfer window.

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