As Premier League 25-man squads have been revealed for the remainder of the season, Leeds United have revealed Jay-Roy Grot as part of their squad this term.
The Whites have managed promotion with a very thin squad under Marcelo Bielsa over the past two seasons, with the Argentine opting to keep the core of his squad consistent throughout the season rather than upsetting the balance with unnecessary depth.
This style has presented difficulties throughout a demanding season, with injuries pushing some players to the limit, but promotion was secured and Leeds’ entry to the Premier League has seen them breathe a sigh of relief that constant Saturday-Tuesday fixture pile-ups are a thing of the past.
Signings have been made but the squad remains trim for the 2020/21 Premier League season.
A number of loan deals have been secured in the past two months for key youth players that are in desperate need of first-team exposure while Barry Douglas needs playing time for a different reason, to get back to his best.
The fringe players have been sent out and it’s for the better, but one player seemingly cast out during Bielsa’s first season remains a presence at Elland Road.
Dutch forward Jay-Roy Grot is yet to find himself a permanent home away from Leeds after promotion and while there is seemingly zero chance of him making his Premier League debut, the latest suggestion is that he’s not going away just yet.
As squads have been confirmed for the Premier League season, Leeds have revealed that Grot is part of the 25-man squad for this season, coming as a shock to many, confirmed by the Premier League.
While he’ll still likely be nowhere near the starting lineup, it is intriguing to see the forgotten youngster named amongst the 25.
When he first signed, he came as a part of the huge influx of foreign investment under Thomas Christiansen, but unlike his compatriot Pascal Struijk, his development has plateaued.
Grot has shown some moments of ability in his time and it’s hard to judge an 18year-old new signing on his first season in a new country where he isn’t settled, but this was one of the hpeful punts that hasn’t paid off.
I’m not sure what the plan for Grot is in the future but naming him in the squad doesn’t seem to tie in with how we’ve dealt with him so far under Bielsa.
I think a permanent move back to Holland would be the most beneficial for him, so he’s playing regularly and progressing in his career, rather than stuck in limbo at Thorp Arch.