Leeds legend impressed with summer signings

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Despite the recent upheaval at Leeds United, Eddie Gray has expressed his delight at the summer signings made by the club.

Club legend Gray was part of the golden age of Leeds United, appearing in their title-wining team of 1969, as well as playing a part in their FA Cup success and route to the European Cup final in 1975.

He is commonly regarded as having scored one of the greatest goals in Football League history, with his double effort against Burnley in 1970 registering high on both Leeds' and national polls.

The former winger spent his entire career at Elland Road, moving into management when his playing career was over, and spending a spell in charge of the Yorkshire-based team. He currently works for LUTV, as well writing a column for the Yorkshire Evening Post.

And it was in his column that the Football League Hall of Famer revealed his opinion of the host of new signings that have arrived at Elland Road this summer.

The 66-year old said: "I was quite impressed with Casper Sloth in his debut against Bolton. I thought he looked quite useful and bright and looks like he can see a pass.

"Looking at the new foreign players, I think Mirco Antenucci has done all right. He did okay at Watford in terms of his hold-up play. But like every new striker, he needs a goal.

I thought he also did quite well in the last game against Bolton when he worked hard again and showed some nice touches. He just needs that bit of confidence through scoring.

"To be fair, I have been impressed by most of the foreign lads, although it must have been strange for them, all coming in over here what has happened at the start of the season, which has not really been easy, what with the upheaval with David Hockaday coming in and then leaving.

"It has been difficult for the players. But you still have to judge them on their merits and we will have to see how they do. Hopefully, after the international break, they can progress further.

"Looking at Marco Silvestri, he looks a decent goalkeeper. He was excellent in the last game against Bolton and to all intents and purposes, he won us the game and was the match-winner on the day, so you have to give him credit.”

Gray has also been impressed by academy graduate Lewis Cook, with the 17-year-old making four appearances in the Championship so far this term.

Regarding the youngster, Gray said: "He can certainly play and for such a young lad, has a lot of quality.

"He is definitely one we should really be looking to, for the future at Leeds United and is one of those who I feel can make the team perform better.

"No matter how young you are, when you are in the team, you have to do the job. It’s a man’s game.

"With players of that ability, you have to be successful or you can find to your cost you end up losing them.

"That is why in the next few years, it is important he progresses and hopefully in a few years, he will be getting his opportunity with us in the Premier League and that as a club, we can go forward and keep our best players here.”

An ex-player with the talent of Gray surely knows a few things about how to spot a potential star, and his positive opinions of the Leeds debutants will surely bring hope to the Whites faithful that they finally have a squad that can push for promotion - and maybe even future Premier League success.

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