The Yorkshire Evening Post report that Leeds United wonderkid Archie Gray is set to join Darko Gyabi and Mateo Joseph in potentially missing the last two Premier League games of the season – as he jets off with England U17’s.
Gyabi and Joseph have jetted off to Argentina today to represent Ian Foster’s U20 side in South America at their age group’s World Cup. They begin their campaign next Monday in a clash against Tunisia, also facing Uruguay and Iran.
Now, 17-year-old Gray is also set to leave Thorp Arch. He jets off to Hungary after being named in England’s side for this month’s European Championships. The U17’s get their campaign underway on Thursday night, against Croatia.
While Joseph and Gyabi are on the fringes of the matchday squad under Sam Allardyce, losing Gray will come as a bit of a blow. Allardyce has included Gray on the bench, albeit as an unused sub, in both of his matches in charge.
There is a chance that Gray could be available for the final Premier League game of the season against Tottenham. But, it would mean that England would have to be knocked out of their group – and they are considered a favourite.
Leeds wonderkid Gray could miss last two games of the season
It is an interesting one. Today, we have seen Chelsea block Carney Chukwuemeka from travelling to represent the U20’s alongside Gyabi and Joseph – due to there being two games left this season. Leeds have that right, too.
But it appears that Leeds have given their youngsters their blessing to travel. With Tyler Adams injured, though, it does mean that Leeds are now even lighter in midfield for the last two games – with Gyabi and Gray departing.
Sam Greenwood was given the nod over Marc Roca against Newcastle, with Roca remaining an unused sub for the entire game. Adam Forshaw came on at half-time while Weston McKennie saw out the match. Four solid options.