New Tottenham signing Archie Gray reveals his best position and admits exciting dream

Tottenham Hotspur have signed Archie Gray from Leeds United
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New Tottenham signing Archie Gray has admitted that he believes he's got the ability to become a Ballon d'Or winner and captain England one day.

Spurs signed the 18-year-old this week from Leeds United in a £40million package deal, which cost the north London club just over £25million plus Joe Rodon heading in the other direction. Gray played 52 times for Leeds last season, turning out at times in central midfield, with a star performance against Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round tie at Stamford Bridge, and also spent a large chunk of the campaign in a new role at right-back.

Some have claimed that Gray will develop into a deeper-lying midfielder, but in an interview halfway through the season, the teenager admitted he believes his best position will be roving from one end of the pitch to the other.

"It’s good to learn different perspectives of the game. Playing right-back is allowing me to understand the game even more for when I go back into midfield. You see players like James Milner playing different positions every game," he told the Guardian.

"If I become anywhere near as good as him it would be unbelievable. I think my best position will be as a box-to-box midfielder but, as the game is changing, you have to be increasingly adaptable."

Gray is not lacking in confidence or self-belief either and firmly believes that he can achieve the honours available at the very top of the game.

"My childhood dream was to win the Champions League with Leeds, captain England at senior level and win a Ballon d’Or. I’m still really young, so there’s a long way to go before any of that happens, but I believe I’ve got the ability to do it," he said.

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A tough pre-season with Ange Postecoglou and his coaching staff awaits from this weekend onwards, but Gray already knows that the summer is the time to really catch the eye of the manager.

"My dad has always said that pre-season is the time to make a good first impression on the manager and that starts with your fitness," he said about his efforts last summer which built the foundations of his successful campaign under Daniel Farke at Leeds.

The youngster will have watched Jude Bellingham rise from the Football League to the pinnacle of the game with Real Madrid and England and Gray said that while Zinedine Zidane and Lionel Messi were his influences as a child, the Champions League-winning Bellingham and his own mother Giorgina are now his biggest inspirations.

"My mum works unbelievably hard; she runs marathons and trains every single day," he said. "Bellingham is definitely a player I look up to because he’s doing amazingly well. He’s shown there’s a pathway with the England system and he won’t be the last one to do it. Hopefully in the future that can happen for me too."

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