Ange Postecoglou’s hopes of bringing one of Leeds United’s young stars to Tottenham could end up being scuppered by his own players. The Australian boss has already been active in the January transfer window, signing Timo Werner on loan from RB Leipzig and on the verge of a deal for Genoa defender Radu Dragusin.
But it seems he isn’t done there. The club have also been linked with a move for Archie Gray, 17, who has been a revelation in the Championship this season as Leeds look to bounce back from Premier League relegation.
The central midfielder, who has also filled in at right-back, made the bench for a game against Arsenal in December 2021 at the age of 15. And the subsequent hype has appeared justified, with Gray having made 24 league appearances in 2023/24 and attracted their attention of top clubs.
According to the Daily Mail, a summer move for Gray is looking the most likely option for Spurs, but it may hinder on whether Leeds are able to earn promotion. Daniel Farke’s side currently lie fourth, and should they breach the gap to the top two – or go up through the play-offs – then Gray is virtually guaranteed regular minutes in the Premier League next season.
That’s a notion that Postecoglou will struggle to match. The likes of Rodrigo Bentancur, Yves Bissouma and Pape Matar Sarr all specialise in the deep-lying midfield role, and Gray is unlikely to command a regular starting place in their XI.
Should the Yorkshire club fail to go up, then the prospect of even playing a bit-part role in the Premier League may be an appealing option for the teenager. And Postecoglou is unlikely to give up easily on the pursuit, having already missed out on Bournemouth youngster Alex Scott.
Gray, the son of former Leeds and Scotland midfielder Andy, joined the club when he was eight-years-old. Despite his father’s international allegiance, he’s represented England at a number of age-grade levels, making his Under-20s debut last November.
Before Christmas, Gray reflected on his meteoric rise, and the initial decision of then-boss Marcelo Bielsa to name him in the squad to play Arsenal. “Just being on the bench was absolutely mental because I was 15,” he told reporters.
“My friends and people in school started looking up to me and from that moment everything changed. One day I’m in the stands and watching the games on TV as a fan and then I’m on the bench in a Premier League game against Arsenal. These guys were my heroes and I’m training with them – it was unreal.”