Turns out Jay-Roy Grot is a good player, at least playing for the U23s.
So does he deserve another look in the first team?
The crowd had turned against the young Dutch forward earlier in the season, as he never seemed to adjust to playing in the Championship. Many people thought he should go out on loan, and I agree it would have been a good idea, however, he’d already played one game for NEC before his transfer. So off to the U23s he went.
Grot has seemed a lot more comfortable in the Academy team, but does that mean he should get a chance back with the first team? After all, it’s not Grot’s fault that the club hyped him up when he signed.
I would say Grot is a prospect for the future, as he’s still a teenager (for another day at least) and given the toxic atmosphere he faced last time out, he needs to stick with the U23s for the rest of the season and then get a chance during preseason to impress or go out on loan.
On to the links.
Leeds United Links
Pierre-Michel Lasogga still remains the best striker at Leeds right now over Caleb Ekuban, but is still short of Chris Wood from last season. [Yorkshire Evening Post]
Paul Heckingbottom says that Bailey Peacock-Farrell has his own destiny in his hands, and if he keeps playing like he has been, he is in contention to start the rest of the games this season. [Yorkshire Evening Post]
England and English Football Links
World Football Links
When it was announced that LigaMX’s leading scorer, Djanny, would miss Santos Laguna’s match against Monterrey yesterday, most people didn’t give them much of a chance against last season’s runners-up. Santos Languna beat Monterrey anyway, 3-1. [FMF State of Mind]
After suffering a set-back at home against Arsenal in the first leg of their Europa League tie, AC Milan’s Gennaro Gattuso assures fans that experiencing disappointment is part of player growth. Who would have thought that it would be the Milan players experiencing disappointment before the match, eh? [AC Milan Offside]
Bonkers. In Serie B, two Ascoli players were allegedly accosted by fans of their own club. [Football-Italia.net]
Fiorentina beat Benevento 1-0, with everyone’s mind on Davide Astori. The fans paid tribute to him in the 13th minute with a display in the stands and the club dedicated the victory to their late captain. [Viola Nation]