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Tottenham confirm signing of Archie Gray

Tottenham confirm signing of Archie Gray

Spurs have announced on the club website and across all social media platforms the signing of Archie Gray from Championship side Leeds United.

It was reported over the weekend that Brentford were very close to signing Gray, with reports that a bid had been accepted and that Gray would reluctantly sign.

However, over the weekend, further reports emerged that Spurs were on the verge of hijacking the transfer and that Gray was heading to another club in London.

Naturally, Leeds were reportedly very reluctant to say, and even said “heartbroken to see one of our own go” when confirming the deal had been completed.

But Leeds’ PSR woes have been well documented and, as soon as they lost the play-off final against Southampton in May, everyone in and around the club knew that big sales would have to be made to secure the club’s future.

Gray was in no rush to leave Leeds, his boyhood club with a rich family history, but PSR’s aforementioned problems meant he had very little say in the matter.

However, the club asked him what made him sign for Spurs, and he said: “It’s a massive project under Ange and it’s something I want to be part of. I’m a massive Celtic fan so I love Ange. My whole family love him. He’s a massive factor!”

Spurs have been linked with Gray before, so you can imagine that when Brentford’s interest became apparent, Spurs didn’t want to waste any time in getting a deal done as quickly as possible to prevent the midfielder from slipping away.

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Gray is seen by many as a player who will make a number of appearances for England, due to such fantastic ability at such a young age. A midfielder by trade, Gray played at right-back several times last season, not looking out of place despite being 17/18 years old and playing out of position.

Those who have watched Gray on multiple occasions seem to think his long-term future lies as a No. 8, not as a No. 6 or as a right-back as some seem to think. Gray is a highly energetic player, but also a technically gifted player with the qualities to make an impact on games in the final third.

I mentioned in a previous article that one of the positives of Spurs playing Europa League football rather than Champions League football is that they will be able to give players a chance to earn minutes and rotate the squad. Gray could be a big beneficiary of this, and can expect to earn plenty of minutes in the competition.

That’s not to say he can’t and won’t get minutes in the Premier League too. This isn’t a young signing. This isn’t a Jack Clarke signing either. There’s a strong possibility that Gray could break into Spurs’ starting line-up in the league very soon. Pape Sarr was the only player in the double pivot who could say he was generally pretty consistent last season. A Sarr-Gray midfield two behind James Maddison is quite viable.

Of course, Gray being a homegrown player is another huge plus for this signing. It’s been said many times before, but Spurs desperately need homegrown players to fill their quota, so signing a homegrown player who can make an immediate impact in the first team really is killing two birds with one stone.