🚨EXCLUSIVE : “49ers Owners Challenged as Archie Gray’s £35m Brentford Move Looms”


Leeds United midfielder Archie Gray is set to join Brentford and is offering first-team opportunities.

Leeds may need to raise £100m by selling players after failing to gain promotion to the Premier League.

Brentford’s offer of regular playing time and a clear route to first-team football is crucial to Gray’s development.

This article is part of the World Football League’s “Terrace Talk” series, giving the personal opinions of our knowledgeable FLW fans on the latest news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Leeds United midfielder Archie Gray is set to move to Premier League side Brentford, who are offering him first-team opportunities under Thomas Frank.

After losing to Southampton in the play-off final, the Daily Mail reported that the Whites may need to raise £100m by selling players after failing to secure promotion back to the Premier League at the first asking.

Gray has probably always been among the most likely players to represent a net gain for Leeds, having come through the academy ranks.  Simon Jones, also from the Post Office, echoed Leeds’ call to raise money for PSR.

He believed Premier League rivals Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham would be in the race to sign Gray, while Football London’s Alasdair Gold reports that Spurs and Leeds are “looking at a number of each other’s players this summer” with potential moves in mind . , including the likes of Joe Rodon and Oliver Skipp as part of a potential replacement including Gray.

FLW exclusively revealed that Brentford were leading the race to sign the 18-year-old on Saturday afternoon, with David Ornstein subsequently confirming that a medical was ordered at the Bees for Gray later that day following a £35million deal.

Leeds United owners face a challenge following the transfer of Archie Gray, Brentford

FLW’s Leeds United fans expert Kris Smith has urged 49ers Enterprises to put their money where their mouth is this summer after committing to the unpopular decision to cash in on talented prodigy Gray.

“To lose Archie Gray after just 12 months of having him in the first team is a huge shock,” Kris told Football League World.

“It really highlights to me how much financial pressure there is on the club – that it was forced so quickly and how quickly it developed.

“Brentford have completed an incredible signing and beaten some of the best clubs here.

“It’s probably a good move for both sides considering Gray could go straight to their side to rush forward. He will also play under the guidance of good coach Thomas Frank.

“In terms of the fee – it became quite clear that we had to sell. And to get more than £35m for him – a teenager with one season under him – is a pretty good deal if you think about it.

“But it’s only a good deal if it’s backed by reinvestment. The 49ers have nowhere to hide now.

“You can’t sell a once-in-ten-year club talent and one that has such a family history built into the club after just 12 months and then not back it up with serious spending to get out of this league.”

As FLW confirmed on Saturday, if Gray does leave, we have been made clear that his priority is a club that will offer him regular playing time and a clear path into the first team.

That’s why Brentford took the lead, as they can give Gray the footballing opportunities he needs to continue his development and improve further.

Gray’s development is most crucial and he knows that first-team opportunities at Elland Road may not be as easy to come by elsewhere. But a team like Brentford can clearly offer him more playing time than some of the Premier League’s elite.

Leeds cannot stand in the way of a player with huge potential, especially as their financial situation dictates a sale this summer, but Smith is right to suggest that some of the funds raised will need to be used for an aggressive strategy in the transfer market.

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