By Craig Scott

18th Nov, 2020 | 6:10pm

Reliable journalist names two Leeds players in their 20s who could exit Elland Rd in January

LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross believes Conor Shaughnessy and Jay-Roy Grot could both exit Leeds United in the January transfer window.

It is understood that Shaughnessy, 24, “is sure to attract interest” from EFL clubs in the winter due to his experience of playing in the Championship, League One and League Two.

As for Grot, Cross reports on the LeedsLive website that the Dutchman “will hope to find a route out in January” as long as he can prove his fitness.

Grot, 22, has been out of action since suffering a serious knee injury in March while on loan at Dutch side Vitesse.

In September, Dutch news outlet SportNieuws reported that after undergoing surgery twice on his knee, the striker suffered from an infection that meant he won’t be able to play again in 2020.

It is a massive shame for Grot that he’s had most of his year ruined by injury and there’s no doubt that another club would have come in for him in the summer if he wasn’t recovering from his operations.

Grot really struggled in the Championship with Leeds but in his two loan spells away at VVV-Venlo and Vitesse, he managed to continue his development and show that he could be a worthwhile investment for a team in the Eredivisie.

It remains to be seen whether or not the ex-NEC Nijmegen striker will be recovered in time for the January transfer window and as his contract expires next summer, clubs might be more likely to wait until then so they can sign him for free.

As for Shaughnessy, the 24-year-old can play as a centre-back and a defensive midfielder.

He managed to play regularly for Mansfield and Burton in loan spells last season before the League One season was curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We’re less concerned about him than Grot.

Neither player has done much for Leeds but we don’t want either of them to see their careers stall.

Hopefully, something can be sorted for both of them in January.

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