With every crisis comes a chance, and for Archie Gray that means he already has first team experience at Elland Road in the Premier League.
Last weekend, the 15-year-old boy named on the bench Meeting Arsenal for the first time.
With the greatest respect, his chance came as the injury crisis crippled Leeds United and saw the Whites collapse as they battered Manchester City 7-0 and were beaten by the Gunners 4-1.
But, what was proven by Marcelo Bielsa and the youth academy coaches at Thorp Arch, that Gray has the potential to follow in his ancestors’ footsteps and become a normal person.
The teenage midfielder carries the club’s DNA. His father is former Leeds striker Andy Gray, he is the grandson of former defender Frank and great-grandson of the legendary Eddie.
And he gets the support of Leeds director, Victor Orta.
GREAT AT KIDS LEVEL
Archie is currently receiving high praise from his mentors at the youth level..
At his fledgling age, he was playing U23 football after breaking into Mark Jackson’s team.
And he experienced the physical side of EFL League One and Two while playing at Papa John’s Trophy for the Under-21 team.
A standout assist against Tranmere Rovers for Amari Miller’s goal left fans in awe as it surfaced on social media.
At the beginning of December, Archie also represented his country – playing for England Under-16s in the Val-de-Marne tournament in France.
For now, he’s not like Eddie, Frank, and Andy.
SOAPBOX OF THE DIRECTOR
Archie’s recent promotion has Victor Orta very excited.
In an interview with Spanish YouTube channel La Media Inglesa, the Leeds chief had plenty of praise for the youngster when asked who the club’s future could be.
Orta revealed: “I want to be the first on La Media Inglesa since 5 years from now you will talk about this guy non-stop and I wanted to be the first and because I prepared an answer today. By the way, I want to say the name of Archie Gray, our youth team player.
“He’s 16 years old, [great nephew] by Eddie Gray, son of Andy Gray and I mean Archie Gray’s name on La Media Inglesa.
“You can find a great moment of what he did the day before in Papa John’s Trophy on Wyscout, where he delivered a lovely pass to Amari Miller in our 4-1 loss. before Tranmere Rovers.
“Hopefully no one will take him away from us for God’s sake. No one will do it, he has .” [Leeds] in his blood. So that’s why I want to say Archie Gray’s name here because every time he takes a step forward, you see him. “
JUST LIKE AGUERO
Archie’s performance against Tranmere in September gave Orta goosebumps.
It also reminds him of a legend just retired, not because of similarities with the way they play, but because of the way Archie has appeared in the arena.
“He’s one of those players that you see people, I don’t know. I remember Kun Agüero and said ‘what is this?’ “It’s something that happens once in a while, so I wanted to mention Archie Grey,” Orta snarled.
“[It] It’s only happened a few times in fact, in South America’s under-20s, Kun has scored 10 or 12 goals or something like that, you can see he’s different.
“I saw Ángel Correa under 15 in San Lorenzo and that impacted me. I saw Douglas Costa when he was 15 in Copinha São Paolo and I said ‘who is this guy?’
“It’s only happened a few times. But yeah, Archie gives me the same feeling. The day before Archie met Tranmere Rovers gave me that feeling.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17103861/leeds-utd-archie-gray-nephew/ Meet Archie Gray, grandson of Leeds Utd legend Eddie, 15, who featured against Arsenal