By James Murray

19th Nov, 2023 | 9:10pm

Journalist shares what Leeds United must do to keep exit-linked Archie Gray

The future of midfielder Archie Gray will “surely be in doubt” if Leeds United can’t secure promotion back to the Premier League, according to Dean Jones.

Speaking to GiveMeSport on Sunday (19 November), the former Eurosport journalist said the 17-year-old is “hungry” to become part of the Whites setup and that he believes he will stay at Elland Road for the moment in time.

But he admitted that keeping hold of the England youth international will depend on how far the West Yorkshire club can “push themselves”.

“I don’t think Leeds will be especially concerned right now,” said Jones. “Gray is ingrained in the culture of Leeds. He’s hungry to become part and parcel of that team and that setup. So, I think he’ll stay at Leeds for the time being.

“Further down the line, it will depend on how far Leeds has been able to push themselves. If they can’t get back to the Premier League, his future will surely be in doubt. But, for now, I think he just has to focus on being a Leeds player.”

Time will tell

It’s one of those situations where only time will tell on where Gray’s future lies as there are a number of unknowns about what level Leeds will be playing at next season.

There has understandably been a lot of interest in the teenager, who has impressively massively after breaking into the first team this season.

The Whites will be desperate to keep hold of one of their brightest talents, but it will largely depend on where the player sees his future and what offers come in for him.

Daniel Farke will be keen to emphasise to the midfielder, who has been playing at right-back recently, that the best place for him to continue his development is at Elland Road.

It would certainly take an offer the club simply can’t afford to turn down to consider selling Gray, though, so it’s unlikely he will be leaving any time soon.

In other Leeds United news, a Whites star has revealed why David Beckham was “lucky” following a controversial incident.