In light of interest in signing Archie Gray, journalist Conor McGilligan has encouraged Leeds United to offer him a new contract.
The 16-year-old is continuously being observed by the Premier League’s top clubs, according to a recent story by The Athletic reporter Phil Hay.
Naturally, Manchester City is on that list, and it appears that the reigning English champions may seek them in the near future.
McGilligan responded to his news by expressing his concern about losing an elite “talent” and outlining how crucial it was for Leeds to secure Gray’s future with the team.
“I mean, when I’ve watched him, I’m amazed by how a 15 or 16 year old is that aggressive, how he’s that excellent on the ball, how he’s that good off the ball,” he stated on the One Leeds Fan Channel.
“And you know, he’s beginning to take on a little bit of a physical presence. I’m not referring to breadth here; rather, I’m referring to height. He’s now about six feet tall, but if he can grow a little in the weight room, he’ll be a legitimate player.
“He has every technicality covered. Just that physical strength is now lacking from him due to his age. And Leeds must bind him down immediately. because when you’re getting these big clubs looking at him already you know that he’s going to be some talent.”
Gray won’t be eligible to sign a professional contract until he is 17 in March of next year, as was stated in the The Athletic piece that revealed City’s interest, so there will be a tense wait to see if he commits to the team in the interim.
The fact that he is the great-nephew of Leeds United star Eddie Gray, though, may work in the Whites’ favour because that familial link may at this point provoke a certain sense of loyalty in him.
Gray has already made an impression for the Leeds season team (albeit only in preseason), therefore it appears quite probable that he will have a bright future. Thus, it comes as little surprise to learn that a race for his signature may already be underway.