Why Signing Archie Gray Was A Must For Spurs
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Why Signing Archie Gray Was A Must For Spurs

01/07/24 17:59

Archie Gray’s first taste of the transfer market has been an entertaining one for sure.

The 2006 born midfielder had agreed terms and completed a medical earlier in the week, in hopes of joining Brentford from Leeds United.

However, according to David Ornstein the two sides failed to agree on the payment structure surrounding the deal.

Brentford’s failure to get a transfer for the 18 year-old over the line was music to Tottenham’s ears - who reached an agreement with Leeds to bring Gray to North London.

Spurs will pay a fee of £40m for Archie Gray, who will sign a contract until 2030.

Joe Rodon will join Leeds in a separate transfer for around £10m, following a successful loan spell in Yorkshire.

Archie Gray made 52 appearances for a Leeds United side, which reached the Championship play-off final last season - winning EFL Championship Young Player of the Year in the process.

Having joined Leeds at the age of eight years-old, a move away from his boyhood club this soon will raise questions as to what could have been for a player with so much promise.

Gray would get his first glimpse of professional football when Marcelo Bielsa named the then-15 year-old on the bench against Arsenal in the Premier League.

He would make his debut for the senior team two years later, starting in the opening game of the 23/24 Championship season against Cardiff.

Following in the footsteps of his grandad Frank and great-uncle Eddie, who combined for over 900 appearances during the 60s, 70s and 80s - together, winning the 1973/74 First Division title and finishing runners-up in the 1974/75 European Cup.

Eddie would later return to manage Leeds on two separate occasions, between 1982 and 1985 and then between 2003 and 2004, as caretaker boss.

Primarily a midfielder, Gray is known to operate in a pivot leaning into his strengths defensively, while creating a bridge between the defence and attack.

The youngster registered 14 clean sheets, 2,792 touches, 1,626 passes completed and a passing accuracy percentage of 84.69 over the course of the season.

Gray has often been compared to Manchester United’s Kobbie Mainoo.

Although viewed as a midfielder for the future, Gray would make 28 appearances at right-back following injuries to Luke Ayling and Djed Spence.

"I'm very proud of how he's been doing so far," said Eddie Gray.

"He's been playing in a position that is not natural to him; he's a midfield player and he'll end up playing in the middle of the park. I can see him, in years to come, being a box-to-box midfielder because he's a good athlete.

"But he's still learning the game - and he's keen to learn the game. Hopefully he goes onto good things with the football club."

Gray will join the likes of Lucas Bergvall, Mikey Moore, Luka Vuskovic and Tyrese Hall headlining the future of Tottenham Hotspur.

At only 18 years-old, Spurs fans will be excited to see what Gray has to offer currently and how he will develop under Ange Postecoglou.

Benji Kosartiyer
Journalist
Reece Coughlan

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