Tottenham complete signing of highly-rated Leeds United starlet Archie Gray

Liverpool and Chelsea interest 

Tottenham complete signing of highly-rated Leeds United starlet Archie Gray


Tottenham Hotspur have completed the signing of Leeds United starlet Archie Gray. It’s understood that Spurs seen off competition from rival clubs to ensure Gray to joined Ange Postecoglou’s men and they announced his arrival on Tuesday morning. A club statement read: “We are delighted to announce the signing of Archie Gray from Leeds United. The versatile midfielder has signed a contract that will run until 2030 and will wear the number 14 shirt.”

The deal represents a coup for Spurs as Gray has been tracked by other major Premier League clubs, including Chelsea and Liverpool. Brentford were also keen to sign Gray this summer and the Bees had an offer rejected by Leeds over the weekend with Spurs capitalising to land the versatile youngster. 

How good is Archie Gray?

Gray is a hugely exciting young talent who has generated a fine reputation. Still just 18, Gray has already represented England at U21 level and he’s viewed as a future star. Gray’s dad, nephew and grandad all played for Leeds United while his brother, Harry, is currently progressing through their academy. 

Former Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa was a huge admirer of the youngster and named him on the bench against Arsenal in 2021, aged just 15. The Yorkshire side failed to secure promotion to the Premier League after losing in the play-offs and that has forced them to sell their prized asset due to financial pressures. Gray was the third most valuable player in the English Championship at €18m before completing his move to Spurs.

Why are Tottenham signing Archie Gray?

Gray possesses a maturity beyond his years and he’s already gained significant experience at first-team level. He was a regular under Daniel Farke last season, making 52 appearances in all competitions and he featured in all but two league games. Gray is naturally a central midfielder but Farke deployed him at right-back last season and that highlights his versatility. 

As the graphic above illustrates, Tottenham have an array of midfield options and Gray will face tough competition to secure a starting berth in Postecoglou’s preferred 4-3-3 formation. James Maddison will be deployed as No.10 with Gray in competition with Pape Matar SarrYves BissoumaPierre-Emile Højbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur for a midfield place. Tottenham have identified the importance of signing younger players with high potential after completing a deal to sign Lucas Bergvall in January and the Swedish starlet will move to London this summer.

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