Simon Grayson has aimed guarded criticism at Mike Grella after the striker abandoned his loan at Swindon Town to return to Leeds United.
United’s manager said Grella could “suffer the consequences” of quitting the County Ground and warned the forward that he had no prospect of featuring for the first team at Leeds before the end of the season.
Grella cut his ties with Swindon last weekend after making six starts and one substitute appearance, all but one of them coming under current Town boss and former Leeds academy manager Paul Hart
The American is still technically on loan at Swindon and the League One club are committed to paying his wages until the season finishes on May 7, though they are seeking to cancel the deal. Hart ruled out any possibility of Grella returning to the County Ground by saying Swindon “don’t need people like that.”
“I’m surprised at what’s happened and I’m still trying to get to the bottom of it,” Grayson said.
“I spoke to Paul on Monday and out of the seven games which he’s been manager for, Mike (started) five and had one on the bench. Mike, through wisdom or non-wisdom, said what he said and he’ll maybe suffer the consequences.
“The reason we sent him out was to get games and to be in someone’s first-team picture, whether it’s in the 11 or the 18. We’ve got a lot of players in front of him, and Mike coming back isn’t going to change that.”