Leeds United forward Jay-Roy Grot spent this season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem.
With the 2019/20 Eredivisie campaign already called off due to the Covid-19 crisis, the 22-year-old will return to Elland Road once he recovers from a knee injury suffered in March.
De Gelderlander interviewed the Arnhem-born attacker and he provided an update on his recovery.
“It was a minor operation on the meniscus, but the rehabilitation takes a long time. I’ve been working on my recovery at Papendal [Vitesse’s training centre] for four weeks now. Everything is going in the right direction, but I am happy with it this summer,” he said.
Grot was largely used as a left winger this season and despite making 22 league appearances, he managed only two goals and an assist.
The Dutchman admitted he’s unhappy with his own performances, but stressed he learnt a lot during his loan period with Vitesse.
“Ultimately, the season was unsuccessful in terms of sporting wise. But I don’t regret it. I learned a lot. I have developed. Things often worked out during training. I have to show that in matches. I have really grown mentally,” the wideman explained.
The Leeds owned player also said he is unfazed by the criticism directed towards him.
“I have been very intense with my mental coach this season. I have shut myself off from the outside world. I have boosted my confidence. I now also look much more at the positive sides of a year with Vitesse. Despite the setbacks, I think it is great to have played football at Vitesse,” he added.
Grot’s current deal with the Championship side is until 2021 and it’s not clear if he will have any opportunities under Marcelo Bielsa next season. He is happy this season has ended, but is unaware what is lined up for him next season.
“At least now I don’t have to watch matches. I really dreaded that. I am working towards the new season. Everyone does that. In the meantime, that last goal of Vitesse is behind my name. That is the last memory of the competition. If you score, you’re the hero, aren’t you?” Grot stressed.
“As it stands, I am starting the new season in England. With the pre-season at Leeds. And after that? Let’s see. For the time being, there is no football at all.”