After selling Chris Wood to Burnley and losing Caleb Ekuban to an injury, Leeds United are on the hunt for strikers. NEC Nijmegen striker, Jay-Roy Grot who is 19 years old is expected to complete his move today for a rumoured 1.5m after having his medical yesterday. In thirty-one games for the Dutch side, Grot has scored 5 goals; not too impressive but it’s important to remember that he is still very young. The Dutch u19’s international is held in high regard in his home land but, like many Leeds United fans, I don’t know very much about him. However, I managed to get in touch with a local journalist in Holland who has seen Grot progress through the ranks of NEC and knows a fair bit about the striker.
After having a conversation with Raymond Janssen (@RaymondJanssen) on Twitter, here is a summary in Raymond’s words as to what we can expect from Jay-Roy Grot:
What are his strengths?
He is very strong and has a great shot. Peter Hyballa, his former trainer, once said: I hope one day he becomes as smart as he is strong. He should be more clever, intelligent player but very useless for English football, strong, enthusiastic and pretty quick. He is also a very kind young man, no big star, just normal.
What are his weaknesses?
He has to work on his technical skills however is still very young so big potential. if he becomes smarter than he can make the difference with his physical attributes.
Did you know:
NEC Nijmegen and Vitesse Arnhem are the traditional football enemies. Grot was born in Arnhem but played in Nijmegen, this meant the fans had a love hate relationship with him.
At the rumoured 1.5m, is he value for money?
I think it’s a lot of money. A Dutch club would never pay that amount of money for him but that is probably the difference between the UK and The Netherlands.
Is he considered a talent in Holland?
In the Dutch championship yes, at the highest level not really. In Holland clubs like FC Utrecht or AZ Alkmaar could have been interested, but then he’d probably wouldn’t play a lot. He’ll play more in the Leeds team than here in Holland. Comparing him to Jordan Botaka (different positions), I believe he is better, stronger, but not as good technically.
Who player would you compare Grot to?
Ahanach, from Almere City, now playing for Brighton.
These are some very interesting comments from Raymond Janssen about Jay-Roy Grot. After hearing a bit more about him I would not expect Grot to have an instant impact and he looks like a long term buy from Leeds United. Let me know what you think, is he a good signing? Comment below.