Leeds United finally got rid of Jay-Roy Grot on deadline day of the last window and the forward has been talking about his spell at Elland Road.

The 22-year-old struggled to make an impact during his time with us, making only 22 appearances and going out on loan three different times.

He does not view the stint as a negative experience, though, and feels he is better off because of it.

Grot told de Geldenlander, “I learned an awful lot at Leeds.

“I left home for the first time after my breakthrough at NEC. I went to live on my own in a foreign country, with a different language.

“I absolutely don’t see United as a failed adventure. I grew up faster there.”

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That is an interesting take on a spell that was nothing short of a disaster from our perspective, but it’s easy to have some sympathy for him.

He was signed under Thomas Christiansen for quite a hefty fee of £750,000 – a decent amount for a Championship side to spend on an unproven foreign player.

Roy-Grot did not make the desired impact.

He often featured as a substitute and made just two goal contributions in 2017/18.

That was the only season he actually made it onto the pitch.

His lack of impact meant he only started once however, and that was in a Leeds team that finished 13th in the table.

The fact Marcelo Bielsa cast him out immediately when he arrived is very revealing.

After all, he is willing to hand youngsters a chance – he gave Niall Huggins his debut at Arsenal on Sunday.

The Argentine has a good eye for potential too, but he clearly did not see any in Roy-Grot.

Saying that, it’s easy to forget the human in stories like this and it must be tough to move as a youngster to a different country and culture.

However, while the Dutchman is pleased with his personal development during his time in West Yorkshire, we cannot view him as anything other than a waste of money.

He has likely found his level now playing at VFL Osnabruck in the German second division.

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