This article is part of Football FanCast’s Loan Watch series, which takes a closer look at those players who are aiming to galvanise their careers away from the spotlight of their parent club.
The last thing Leeds United need is a disruptive force in the dressing room.
Reportedly, Pontus Jansson’s attitude off the pitch is what saw him depart the club this summer, so it’s clear that Marcelo Bielsa has no patience for any troublemakers in his squad.
With reports circulating this week that Jay-Roy Grot has been involved in a training ground bust-up while out on loan in the Netherlands, there may be a worry that his future at the Whites could be affected by this incident, but that shouldn’t be the case.
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The fact of the matter is that Grot’s altercation with Riechedly Bazoer at Vitesse’s training session has been misreported in certain places.
The original source states that it was Bazoer who kicked off the altercation by threatening the Leeds loanee after they had a coming together in training.
The midfielder then stormed off while aiming a foul-mouthed tirade at his manager.
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This shows that Grot wasn’t the man at fault, and as such, his role in the incident should be downplayed. Is reports are to be believed, he wasn’t the man who started it so if his mentality is to be questioned, it shouldn’t be.
Bazoer’s temper and attitude problems have been documented for quite some time now, and Grot doesn’t seem to be the one at fault here.
Hopefully, his parent club are understanding enough to realise that he’s not the one who has been causing trouble here and this doesn’t affect any future he may have at Elland Road.
After all, his performances on the pitch should dictate what happens. He initially got off to a promising start in the Netherlands too.
Grot netted and assisted a goal in his first five starts, only dipping below an average match rating, via WhoScored, of 7 on one occasion.
Rather than focusing on off-field matters that weren’t his fault, Leeds should analyse his ability with the ball at his feet.