The Whites have one more pre-season game left before their preparations are complete for the start of the Premier League season, as they welcome Cagliari to Elland Road on Sunday.
A smattering of new signings have got to grips with their new surroundings while fresh faces from the under-21 side are hoping that they can make a telling impact too.
For the first time in a while, Leeds’ midfield is going to be a competitive area of the pitch, with Jesse Marsch having more options to pick from this season after three new signings.
One of those is £20million man Tyler Adams, who joined from RB Leipzig and will be aiming to nail down a starting place from minute one.
Surprisingly though, he will have 16-year-old Archie Gray breathing down his neck soon enough after his impressive efforts in pre-season.
Gray has burst onto the scene at Thorp Arch in the last 12 months and is expected to be a senior option his season, and Adams is looking forward to having the England youth talent amongst the squad.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Adams had this to say on him:
“I think Archie is going to have some big opportunities coming up this season.
“Obviously, he’s still so young, but getting that experience is going to be important for him. When he’s on the field, he’s just himself, you can see he has that confidence, a little bit of arrogance through him and that’s what you need as a young player. And Jesse wants these types of players. He’s going to give him opportunities as long as he’s working hard, continuing to try to improve.
“It feels weird because that was like me when I first met Jesse and obviously he gave me that opportunity to sign and start my professional career so Archie seems to be, not following in my footsteps, but he’s going to have a great career.”
Should Leeds give Archie Gray his debut this season?
It’s the old cliche that ‘if you’re good enough, you’re old enough’.
Gray has shown that he fits in very well with this side during these pre-season games and his age isn’t holding him back from getting stuck in.
Perhaps the lack of caution is something that will need amending with experience and more work with the seniors, but he’s got what it takes to be an option this term.
I wouldn’t want to throw him in at the deep end, but to know that he is waiting in the wings is very exciting for us.