Former Leeds United star Andy Couzens has insisted that the Whites did not need to sell Archie Gray to Tottenham Hotspur to meet financial rules as much as has been suggested.


Having missed out on promotion to the Premier League, Leeds have come under pressure to balance the books.


They recently shipped out Marc Roca to Real Betis, while the sales of Luis Sinisterra and Tyler Adams to Bournemouth last season brought in cash.



Nevertheless, it has been suggested that Leeds needed to sell Gray to help cover a financial shortfall.


Couzens cast doubt on that point of view based on what he has been told, but still feels that overall the transfer is good business, especially as Joe Rodon is coming the other way.



“I am genuinely gutted that Archie has left to go to Spurs. But I think it’s good for both with Rodon in and 30 mil is a good [piece of] business”, Couzens wrote on X.


“Remember this isn’t the club there, looks like a clause that the player has activated so let’s not all jump on the club for this sale!!



“Fans and the press feel we had to sell to be in FFP! I understand we didn’t have to sell to balance the books as much is being reported.


“Players come and go and Leeds United will always be there!!


“Still a very strong group and hopefully a few more players in and keep this group [together]!”


Having failed to win promotion last term, the pressure will be on Daniel Farke to make sure Leeds finish in the top two next season and avoid the lottery of the playoffs.