An air of optimism was sweeping over Leeds United with the arrival of Thomas Christiansen as manager.
The Dane’s infectious positive attitude had engrossed the Elland Road faithful and they were confident of having a very successful season under his stewardship.
His summer signings were a big factor in this. Adam Forshaw, Pontus Jansson, Samu Saiz and Ezgjan Alioski all arrived at the club with impressive reputations.
There was one other name that caught the eye of the fans as well.
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— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 24, 2017
19-year-old Jay-Roy Grot made the move to Yorkshire from NEC in the Dutch second tier.
He came with a reputation for being a real physical presence, standing at 6ft 3, and Leeds fans were excited to finally have a striker who would not be bullied off the ball easily:
Another great signing…..thankyou all ????????⚽???? #MOT xx
— SUSAN SMITH 1 (@SmithLeedsUtd) August 24, 2017
that's a cracking signing
— Adam Clarke (@AdamClarke19) August 24, 2017
Class Signing 6ft 4" at 19, Well done Leeds!
— Pashley (@Pqshley) August 24, 2017
Christiansen decided it would be best to ease his new recruit into the first team environment. After all, his side were playing very well before Grot’s arrival.
He appeared as a substitute in his first three matches as the club made it five wins from their first seven games to put them at the top of the table.
But even when the club’s form dipped, Grot was not the man called upon to help. With Christiansen receiving the sack in February after a shocking run of three defeats in five games his chances were even more infrequent.
In fact, Grot was dropped from the squad completely for nine of the Whites’ last 15 games of the season with just one start coming his way against Preston North End.