Leeds United forward Jay-Roy Grot has told the Dutch media his confidence was affected by the flak he received from some sections of the Elland Road faithful last season.
The Dutchman signed for Leeds United from NEC last summer but failed to make an impact in his debut season in England.
Speaking to Voetbal International, Grot was asked about his first season at Leeds United: “My self-confidence became less, my game too. Suddenly I had a hard time keeping up with the pace. I flew from front to back and from left to right, gasping for breath. I am someone who is very critical. I’m very strict with myself.
“Trainers and teammates continued to support me, and there were also supporters who said: ‘He’s young and you still have to get used to him, give him time’. But they were drowned out by whistling people in the stadium, by hateful Twitterers. It was also me, if ten people are positive and one negative, then the words of that one will remain.”
The youngster played twenty Championship games for Leeds United last season, scoring just one goal. However, most of those appearances came from off the bench and with the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa this summer it seemed like the forward would have to go out on loan to get first team football.
Grot this summer was loaned out to VVV-Venlo and will spend next season with the Dutch side. The attacker is contracted to Leeds United until June 2021.