Archie can finally shake off '17yo' tag line

13 Mar 2024 09:10 am, by Ellandback1


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Archie can finally shake off '17yo' tag line

Archie Gray can finally shake off the '17yo' tag line that has become synonymous every time he's kicked a ball this season. With over 3000 minutes on the clock already, Gray has become an essential part of Daniel Farke's set up. This may be his maiden season in the first team, but he has already been recognised as Leeds best tackler in the side.

His efforts on the pitch have not gone unnoticed. He has been linked with a £50m Summer move to Anfield, though much will depend on what division Leeds find themselves in next season. You have to feel sorry for the lad. He couldn't even step into a club or bar with his mates - but not any more..... Now that he has turned 18, maybe now Gray can be recognised more for his talents, rather than his age.

He could receive a late Birthday present in the form of an England U21 call up from team Manager Lee Carsley for their forthcoming matches against Azerbaijan and Luxemburg.




Can Firpo do a job in the top flight

Junior Firpo has long been a target for the Elland Road boo boys, but under the guidance of Daniel Farke, the 27yo may prove his doubters wrong. After missing the majority of the first half of the season due to injury, Firpo had slipped off the radar of most Leeds fans. A new left back was top of their Christmas wish list coming into the January transfer window, yet Leeds held firm, even after returning Djed Spence back to Spurs in disgrace.

In eleven starts, and a total of 1041 minutes of Championship game time, the Dominican Republic International has contributed five assists, the fourth highest in the squad. His all round contributions have massively improved too. With a 'Whoscored' ranking of 6.94, Firpo has risen to seventh in the Leeds Utd's ratings. Just like Marcelo Bielsa achieved with Liam Cooper, it seems that Daniel Farke is starting to get the best out the former Barcelona defender. Bearing this in mind, if Leeds were to achieve promotion next season, would you like to see Firpo stay?




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ruttermania wrote on 14 Mar 2024 03:00 pm

To my mind Firpo had a poor first half and an excellent second half against Wednesday so it really seems to be a confidence thing where the cross for Bamford was the catalyst for the improvement. He has had such a poor run with injuries after he initially arrived and then when he did come in it was in the context of a struggling team with no coherent strategy that I would be inclined to let the season pan out before coming to a conclusion . As several people have pointed out we have to trust in the ultimate decision that DF and the recruitment team come to as they will have formed a view based on all of the information available to them . I think DF will know that if we get promoted this will be his best opportunity to prove that he has the ability to manage in the premiership and in order to do that he will have to put in place a squad that will maximise his chances of doing so . As much as his experiences with Norwich gave him the know how to challenge for promotion this season his 1 and a 1/2 seasons in the Premiership will inform his discussions with the recruitment team if we do make it up. I would be fairly certain that he has a clear picture as to how the failure to back him made Norwich's relegations happen and he won't allow any false sentimentality to prevent him from making the decisions necessary to streamline and strengthen the squad.

andrewjohnsmith wrote on 14 Mar 2024 02:10 am

BlackHillsPaul wrote: Wed Mar 13, 2024 7:26 pm Happy 18th Birthday to Archie!!! :tup: 8-)

I'm happy to let DF make the decision on Firpo. I trust him!!

In my opinion he is still a defensive liability. But he HAS improved this season. I believe fitness is a big part of that. Whether that translates to the Premier League is still debatable.
I think about a mistake in the last game where he miskicked a back pass. And a few games ago when he received a simple pass and let it run under his foot for a throw in.

He's been more than adequate for this division. And better than that going forward. Personally, I can't see him being good enough for the PL. But Farke is much more knowledgeable than any of us.

andrewjohnsmith wrote on 14 Mar 2024 02:07 am

weasel wrote: Wed Mar 13, 2024 3:29 pm Happy to let Farke decide who to keep whether we go up or not.
Likewise. And I'll support whoever stays.

BlackHillsPaul wrote on 13 Mar 2024 07:26 pm

Happy 18th Birthday to Archie!!! :tup: 8-)

I'm happy to let DF make the decision on Firpo. I trust him!!

In my opinion he is still a defensive liability. But he HAS improved this season. I believe fitness is a big part of that. Whether that translates to the Premier League is still debatable.

Sean_Nile wrote on 13 Mar 2024 07:12 pm

Youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness... a seething cauldron of hormonal juices cruising through your veins and giving you super human energy. The brain explodes with thoughts of women and sex. You have an appetite for life and you want to suck the marrow out of it, experience everything it has to offer.

George Bernard Shaw said "Youth is wasted on the young" When you are old and the spark has left your bones, you have the experience but not the energy.

when you’re young
a pair of
female
high-heeled shoes
just sitting
alone
in the closet
can fire your
bones;
when you’re old
it’s just
a pair of shoes
without
anybody
in them
and
just as
well.

The warm sun makes old men sit down and young men sweat and run fast bare chested.

Let Archie enjoy his football... and leave aside the things that frazzle the brains of us mere mortals.