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“The world’s his oyster” – £40m Tottenham Hotspur signing tipped for Three Lions call-up ‘sooner rather than later’

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Stan Collymore believes Tottenham Hotspur signing Archie Gray is going to play for England soon

Writing in his CaughtOffside column, former English footballer Stan Collymore believes Tottenham Hotspur’s new signing Archie Gray is going to play for the Three Lions soon and that he has everything it takes to become a great player for the club.

“If you say that the world is someone’s oyster, you mean that they can do anything or go anywhere that they want to.” – This is how Collins Dictionary defines the phrase ‘The World is your Oyster’. This is the phrase Collymore chose to use to describe Archie Gray.

What he perhaps means by saying this about the 18-year-old is that Gray has enough potential and footballing ability to write his destiny and build his career path. If he wishes to reach the highest levels of world football, he can do that.

Gray signed for Spurs from Leeds United last week in a move that has turned a lot of eyeballs. The Whites faithful were not happy in seeing one of their very own being sold to balance the books whilst Spurs fans were happy with signing a generational talent.

The teenager has already had his breakthrough season with Leeds and has shown what he is capable of on a football pitch. His ability to play equally well at both right-back and central midfield is a skillset hard to acquire.

Writing about the heights that the teenager can reach in his professional career, here is what Collymore had to say

“Archie Gray is already nearing a half century of performances at just 18, so he will know what he’s about as a player. He’s a big lad as well, six foot two, and he’s only going to get bigger, stronger and more versatile in the next two or three years. He can play as a centre mid or as a right-back and he’s got pedigree after turning out for England in the U15, U16, U17, U19, U20 and U21 age groups.”

“I think he will go on potentially and play for England, though he’s eligible for Scotland as well. I imagine that whoever the next England manager is, he will be watching over the next season or two at Spurs, but they may well call him up for the England senior squad sooner rather than later. Personally, I think it’s a great move. I’m a massive fan of Tottenham, the way that their Academy has done things etc…”

“The facilities are arguably the best in the world at Spurs Lodge, they don’t necessarily just promote ex-players as coaches in the academy and they’ve got Ange Postecoglou, who’s a very minded open manager. Archie Gray and his family are all Celtic fans and love Ange, so I’m really excited. I think it’s the right player, the right move, the right club at the right time and I think that he will get opportunities to play. The world’s his oyster.”

Archie Gray at Tottenham - the next big thing?
Archie Gray at Tottenham – the next big thing?

Collymore is not wrong in his assessment that Spurs and Gray have made a mutually beneficial decision in this transfer. In Postecoglou, the teenager has found a manager who is willing to put immense faith in youth.

Similarly, in Archie Gray, Tottenham have found a talent who can be a star in their team for more than a decade to come. If his career progresses as anticipated, things will be looking skyward for the player.

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It remains to be seen what role Postecoglou envisions for the ex-Leeds man. Regardless, for now, we can be happy with signing a prodigious talent and hope he settles in real soon.

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