🚨BREAKING NEWS : Leeds United Aim to Replicate Rodon Transfer Success with £30k-p/w Gray Replacement

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Leeds United will be looking to be back in and around the top of the Championship next season, even with the news that Archie Gray will not play for the Whites to help them continue their promotion push.

The West Yorkshire boy wonder left to lure Tottenham Hotspur in a move that cost Ange Postecoglou’s men £30million, with Daniel Farke and Co bringing back former loan star Joe Rodon permanently in the process.

He may not be the only former loanee to rejoin Elland Road in defense this summer, but Leeds are looking at more bodies at right-back ahead of the challenging League Two campaign ahead.

Leeds could soon make a move for the former on-loan gem

Speaking on the Inside Elland Road podcast, football journalist Graham Smyth claimed that there is no agreement at this stage for the Whites to sign Burnley defender Connor Roberts.

It was previously reported that the failed promotion hopefuls were keen to tie the Welshman down to a permanent move to Leeds, but Smyth has now revealed that nothing is “imminent” at the moment.

However, Leeds will know they need to start thinking about new signings at right-back as the first pre-season games gradually draw to a close, with Farke and Co also rumored to be potentially signing Trai Hume from Sunderland.

Roberts, who previously won the campaign at the level, could see his time with Leeds as the end of unfinished business, so his short-term replacement has taken a toll on those who thought his January signing would be inspired.

New Clarets manager Scott Parker may have other ideas for Roberts, opting to use him again in a league he knows well after the Welshman was relegated to the fringes by Vincent Kompany.

But Leeds could land the ideal successor to Gray – who could be fantastic again in League Two – if the move goes through, with Farke striking gold in a similar fashion to Rodon returning for good.

What Roberts can offer Leeds

The 28-year-old never quite hit the mark during a brief spell in West Yorkshire last campaign, making just 15 appearances for Farke’s men before returning to Turf Moor as the forgotten face of the Whites’ supporters.

But if he bounces back and returns to his A-game for the division – with his “boundless energy” once touted as a huge plus in his skill set according to The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell – Leeds could catch a lot of teams on the second level, let’s go to another promotion.

Comparing both Roberts and Gray and looking at the 28-year-old’s exploits during Burnley’s title-winning 2022/23 campaign compared to Gray’s just-completed season, the lithe 5ft 8 right-back is superior to his teenage counterpart in a number of different areas and would suit Farke’s style attacking football if a place in the first team was available on a week-to-week basis.

The £30,000-a-week defender – according to Capology – could build an effective relationship with Rodon at the back of the process, having played with him briefly last season and has been around the former Spurs man in the Wales squad in the past.

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