Chris Wood completed his move to Premier League outfit Burnley yesterday for a record fee of £15 million, leaving huge shoes for Victor Orta to fill as he starts to search for a suitable replacement.
Such an astronomical fee should give Leeds few obstacles in securing a deal for a good striker, but although many will be hoping for an English based forward, it seems that once again Leeds will be casting their eyes across Europe to find Wood’s successor.
Owner Andrea Radrizzani assured fans in yesterday’s statement regarding Chris Wood’s departure, that every penny would be used to secure their twelfth and possibly thirteenth signings.
Fans will have been pleased to see the Whites making enquiries so soon after selling the New Zealand International, with Middlesbrough forward Rudy Gestede and NEC Nijmegen’s Jay-Roy Grot being touted as successors yesterday.
Although Leeds approach for Gestede was rejected, the Benin International may not have been the ideal first choice striker with the 28-year-old managing just six goals from his thirty-eight appearances for both Aston Villa and now Middlesbrough.
With Gestede seemingly staying in Teeside, there were no reports that the Whites’ approach for Grot had been turned down which could mean the move will develop more over the coming days.
But with the Dutchman relatively unknown in England, just who is Jay-Roy Grot and has he got what it takes to be a regular starter at Elland Road?
With a name that would be a tabloid headliners dream, the Dutchman is 19-years-old and went through the youth systems at Vitesse, ESA Rijkerswoerd before signing his first professional deal with Nijmegen in 2008.
Leeds would be getting a future star as oppose to a clinical first team striker, as Grot has only made 30 appearances – scoring five goals in the process.
The Dutch Under-Nineteen International will still be learning his way in the game but with United’s success over the years for developing excellent young players, Grot would certainly stand a chance of developing into a brilliant player.
Italian side Fiorentina’s previous interest in the forward should be good enough evidence to prove that the youngster is worth pursuing, but whether Leeds reported bid is accepted or rejected, he is still likely to be followed in by another forward whose name will hopefully surface over the next week.
Jordan Rhodes has been a name mentioned over the past few days, but whether he is willing to move on from Sheffield Wednesday after spending less than a season there, remains to be seen.