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Leeds United legend gives damning assessment of current squad's quality, issues warning

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Eddie Gray has warned Leeds United face more mid table mediocrity without investment.

Leeds United legend Eddie Gray has slammed the standard of the club's current squad, speaking to Radio Yorkshire.

The former Whites player and manager is still involved with the club on match days, working for in house station LUTV, but did not hold back in his assessment of the team, suggesting promotion is at present only a pipedream until better players are brought in.

Speaking to Radio Yorkshire at 8pm on Wednesday evening, Gray described Leeds as mediocre, and said that the quality of football played over the course of the season has not been good enough. 

He said: "At the present time, I've got to be honest, we are a mediocre Championship side. A lot of fans are a bit disillusioned with how things have went. I don't think its been a good season in any shape or form.

"There is good points about the Football Club but overall at no stage this season did we look capable of finishing in the top six, which is disappointing especially when you consider teams up there like, Sheffield Wednesday have had their troubles, but they've got their house in order."

Gray was not in any way taking a dig at head coach Steve Evans, who he believes 'has done as well as any one', and argues that better players are simply needed.

The Scotsman made a worrying forecast, warning that without investment this summer, the club face another campaign of Championship mid-table obscurity.

He said: "I assess it... as a squad, which will finish mid table in the Championship next year if we don't improve it. Charlton, came here, they got relegated, and they were as good as us. I cannot think of a game we dominated for 90 minutes.

"We should be looking all over the pitch [for players]. It's got to be better than what we have got. The first XI has got to be improved."

Given the standard of side which have just been relegated from the Premier League, it is hard to argue with Gray's comments.

Newcastle and Norwich City will be pushing for promotion, as well Aston Villa, who have just in the last 24 hours been subject to a successful takeover bid.

Play-off teams Derby County and Brighton will be ready to go again, as will the loser of the final between Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City.

Gray believes Leeds need to spend to give themselves a chance of competing, and it is hard to argue with his assessment.

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