📢EXCLUSIVE : Gabriel Agbonlahor Predicts Leeds United’s Promotional Hopes Dashed After Key Transfer

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This was the time when Daniel Farke and Leeds United could and should have been preparing for the new Premier League season.

But instead they are still in England’s second division and are preparing for their opening clash with newly promoted Portsmouth.

The thing is, Leeds fans have been here before, they know the feeling of losing a Championship play-off final and the devastating effect it can have on a team.

As soon as he heard the final whistle at Wembley against Southampton, one of the first things on the fans’ minds would be. Who will leave?

Obvious names were thrown on the table, such as Crysencio Summerville after his outstanding season on the wings.

Maybe Georginio Rutter would go towards the exit door or Wilfried Gnonto.

They are still Leeds players at the moment and there is a good chance they will leave as there is still a long way to go.

But one part of the transfer deal that Leeds have already completed is the sale of their rising young talent Archie Gray to Tottenham Hotspur.

Gabby Agbonlahor believes Gray would “love” to stay at Elland Road but finances have forced him to sell.

With Farke looking to secure immediate promotion ahead of the new season, Agbonlahor warned that Leeds need to be “very careful” as they may not get the promotion they crave with such key players leaving, as he told talkSPORT (02/07/24 at 7:30).

Archie Gray leaves Leeds United to join Tottenham Hotspur

“They’re a selling club aren’t they,” joked Agbonlahor as he poured salt into the wounds of Leeds fans. 

“I’m not going to upset the Leeds fans. I’m joking. No, listen, you don’t want to lose one of your young talents do you? But the financial problems they have. Not getting promoted has hurt them. They have to sell and they get the numbers, o of which we speak. 

They won’t progress at Leeds if they sell their best players: “I know. I understand. But financially Leeds have to sell. I agree (to sell someone else). But I’m sure that Archie Gray, although he would like to stay at Leeds, wants to go and play Premier League football, it’s like any young player, it can be your team and you’re Leeds all the way, but the opportunity to go and play for a big Premier League club, you can Then Leeds have to be very careful, you start selling all their the best players, then it will be very difficult to progress next season.”

The return of Joe Rodon

Amidst the doom and gloom there is one big positive and that is the return of centre-back Joe Rodon after his stunning Yorkshire debut.

Yes, Leeds fans will still be sore with one of them gone, but at least they are still strong in defence.

Rodon will not only bring reliability and consistency, but will also be that much-needed vocal figure in the locker room.

Now it’s just a matter of trying to keep as many players as possible because you just know that the offers are going to rain left, right and centre.

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