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'Will he ever be ready? No' - Whelan writes off Leeds player after major development
Noel Whelan says that he does not think that Jay-Roy Grot will ever prove himself good enough for a career at Leeds United as the striker heads out on a second successive loan spell.
The former Elland Road hitman, speaking to Football Insider in an exclusive interview, says that the 21-year-old hitman would have remained with Marcelo Bielsa’s side for pre-season if the Argentine thought he had anything to offer.
Instead, Leeds confirmed on Friday that the former NEC giant, who stands just under 6ft 4in tall, has returned to his home country to join Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long spell, having spent last season with VVV Venlo.
However, Whelan believes his departure could well be for financial reasons rather than to help him develop for a future at Elland Road, stating that he does not think Grot will ever reach the required standards.
“I saw enough from Jay-Roy Grot that he may do well over in Holland but that’s a different kettle of fish,” Whelan told Football Insider.
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“It’s a different style of play, it’s a different quality to what you’re coming up against in the Championship. Right now he’s not ready. In my opinion, will he ever be ready? No, I don’t think so. I don’t think he was a good acquisition for the club.
“You’re 20, 21, you should be pushing on the first team, quite frankly and if he was that good and he had something to offer then the manager would be keeping him. It’s a bit of business the club need to do to get him off the wage bill.
“If someone’s not going to permanently buy him then you’ve got to take a loan because it’s wages and it will free up wages for a full season.”
Grot has made 22 appearances since moving to Leeds back in 2017, managing to score just once, while his loan spell at VVV-Venlo saw him strike six times in 33 Eredivisie games.