Grot offers us more variety than Wood, claims Leeds United boss Christiansen

Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen. (Picture: Tony Johnson)
Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen. (Picture: Tony Johnson)
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THOMAS Christiansen believes Leeds United have signed “a good one” in young Dutch forward Jay-Roy Grot who could make his Whites debut in Saturday’s clash at Championship Nottingham Forest.

Grot joined Leeds on a four-year deal from NEC Nijmegan on Thursday for an initial £750,000 which could rise to over £1.5m with add-ons.

Jay-Roy Grot represented Netherlands at the 2017 Under 19 European Championships

Jay-Roy Grot represented Netherlands at the 2017 Under 19 European Championships

The teenager, who is six-foot-four, has been capped three times by the Netherlands under-19s side and had also attracted the interest of Fiorentina and West Brom.

The forward netted five times in 20 appearances in the Eredivisie for NEC last term and Whites head coach Christiansen is highly hopeful of the teen making giant strides with the Whites.

“I think he’s a very interesting player that we have in the team,” said United’s head coach about his new Dutch acquisition.

“He’s a young player who looks older because he is also very strong and very tall.

He’s a young player who looks older because he is also very strong and very tall. I believe he will give a lot to this team and also his personality will suit perfectly with the environment we have right now in the squad and that’s very positive.

Thomas Christiansen

“I believe he will give a lot to this team and also his personality will suit perfectly with the environment we have right now in the squad and that’s very positive.

“That means also that he will adapt very soon to his team mates, to the philosophy that we have. He will be a good one for us.

“I like to work with people who enjoy their football and who want to learn and who want to progress. He has all that.

“Of course, he is only 19 and has a lot of things to work on and to learn but if he shows that he has the right mentality then I will gladly work with all of them.”

Leeds also remain on the hunt for another striker following the sale of last season’s top scorer Chris Wood who has moved to Premier League side Burnley for £15m.

United are known to be interested in signing Middlesbrough striker Rudy Gestede and have already seen one bid of £6m rejected.

Grot, meanwhile, can also operate as a winger.

“I don’t want to say it’s a substitution for Wood,” said Christiansen of Grot,

“They have other characteristics which I like so I am very happy for having him in the squad.

“This is the good thing about the players that we have signed, that they can play in different positions that will probably also be required.”

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