Guardian journalist gushes over Leeds United youngster Archie Gray as he makes best Premier League talents list
Guardian journalist Louise Taylor has been gushing over Leeds United youngster Archie Gray after he has been impressing for the junior teams.
In their recent article on the best Premier League talent at every club, the teenager is the Leeds representative.
Marcelo Bielsa spotted Gray in training at Thorp Arch and was impressed with his performances – increasing his chances of breaking into the first team.
Taylor wrote, “Although he did not leave school in North Yorkshire until the spring, some of his lessons took place at Leeds Thorp Arch training base last season after Marsch’s predecessor, Marcelo Bielsa, spotted this outstanding, ball-playing, attacking midfield talent in academy games last season.
“A youngster who has swiftly made the leap from U18 to U21 football while training only three evenings a week, duly found himself on the first team bench for a match against Arsenal at the age of only 15 last December.
“Perhaps significantly, he spent a decade attending twice-weekly Brazilian futsal classes but Marsch is as impressed by the teenager’s character and maturity as his exceptional technical ability and vision.”
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Gray has trained with the first team and has even been named on Premier League matchday squads for the Whites last season.
One cannot question Bielsa’s judgement when it comes to the academy as he’s been extremely methodical throughout his career, handing numerous players their big breaks.
The 16-year-old is an incredibly talented midfielder who can be trained to play as a six, eight or even as a ten and he is likely to be a future Leeds first-team regular.
He’s had the spotlight on him since he was 15 so it’s not like he suddenly will be under added pressure to perform.
If anything, this will give him much-needed recognition from other fans as well and he can knock on Marsch’s door asking for game time sooner rather than later.
We’re really excited to see the sort of talent he blossoms into and the sky is undoubtedly the limit for Gray if he keeps improving as he has.