Leeds United warned to 'be careful' around Crystal Palace-linked Archie Gray situation amid Glen Kamara presence
Archie Gray may play so well that it is hard to leave him out of the Leeds United line-up before long but the club are going to need Glen Kamara’s experience this season just as much, according to Dean Jones.
The former Eurosport journalist told GIVEMESPORT (20 October) that the Crystal Palace-linked youngster [Alan Nixon, 24 September] may be in a “different situation” in terms of his claim to a starting spot come the January window.
But he warned the Whites they would “have to be careful” in judging when to let the teenager play and when to rely on the veteran summer arrival from Rangers.
Jones said: “Maybe by the time we get to the new year, we’re looking at a different situation and that he’s playing so well that he refuses to be left out just because of his age.
“I don’t think Leeds would do that anyway, but for the time being, you’re going to want that sense of experience to get Leeds through certain games and that’s what they’re going to have to be careful with.
“When they can push Gray into the team or when they’re going to have to rely on Glen Kamara.”
There’s a reason Daniel Farke signed Kamara from Ibrox this summer, but there is also a reason why he still hasn’t played anywhere near as much as Gray in that the academy product has done so well.
Both are going to be required during a long campaign, and absent a ridiculous offer for the homegrown youngster it doesn’t seem to make sense for him or the club to go anywhere any time soon.
With the teenager now moving around the line-up after Farke used him as a surprise right-back against Bristol City he is sure to get plenty of game time one way or another.
But he simply can’t play every match at his age no matter how well he is developing, so Kamara will feature along with stand-out summer signing Ethan Amapadu, and presumably also at some point the third midfield arrival in Ilia Gruev.
So far the manager appears to be getting the best out of his midfield options after entering the season with so few.
Gray hasn’t shown any lack of maturity so far, but experience may become crucial towards the end of the season or potentially in the play-offs.
Either way, after putting so much effort in to restock the central midfield in the summer Farke is sure to need contributions from all four before the campaign concludes.
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