According to the reports from the Athletic as cited by Yorkshire Evening Post, Watford have made a U-turn on their no loan stance for Andre Gray. Leeds United have been linked with the striker, and there might be a chance of the Whites securing his signature with further talks set to take place between the clubs.
A change in heart by Pearson?
Nigel Pearson not too long ago had claimed that Gray was part of his plans. The Watford boss had said, ”I spoke with Andre, and he is very much a part of what we are trying to do here.” However, it seems like there might be a change in heart by the Vicarage Road decision-makers and Gray might be made available on loan.
Leeds United’s worst nightmare has already started as they are slipping up in the second half of the season. The team looks devoid of ideas and attacking firepower. Eddie Nketiah’s departure was being seen as a possibility even before the transfer window began and the Whites are yet to find his replacement with little over a week remaining in the January window.
Will Gray be a good bet for United?
Gray has two goals to his name in the Premier League this season, and he has made 18 appearances so far. However, he has hardly been part of Watford’s latest resurgence as he has played just 11 minutes of football in the last six Premier League games.
Nevertheless, the 28-year-old is proven quantity in the English second division as he has 41 goals and 18 assists to his name in 88 Championship appearances. United need to bring in players who would hit the ground running straight away and have the experience of producing the goods at this level.
Gray would be a decent addition as he is a hard worker off the ball. He also has the pace to trouble the opposition, and the former Burnley ace can also outmuscle defenders. Leeds United need a genuine goal scorer and Gray would undoubtedly fit the bill for them. However, we believe that his wages are going to be a big issue. But if the Whites want to gain promotion, then they should be looking to spend in this window.
The next few days could make or break their season in what could be the most crucial campaign/transfer period for them in the last one and a half-decade. United need attacking options to change games, and Gray would add cover for Bamford and would bring competition for places. With the latest update of the Hornets changing their stance, United should be all over Gray in the next few days.
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