Surprise Premier League title contenders Leicester City kicked off their January transfer business with the £3.75m signing of Championship starlet Demarai Gray from Birmingham City earlier this month.
But how much do you know about the Foxes’ latest addition? Shoot takes a closer look at Claudio Ranieri’s new highly-rated winger…
Why have Leicester City bought him?
Demarai Gray has been admired and renowned as one of English football’s brightest young talents outside of the Premier League for a couple of years now. At the second time of asking; after having a bid turned down for the winger during the summer transfer window, Leicester City finally captured their man after meeting his £3.75m release clause earlier this month. The England Under-20 international rose through the youth ranks at Birmingham City and went onto make an impressive 78 first-team appearances for Gary Rowett’s side considering his young age. By no means a finished product; Gray has star-studded potential to become a Premier League wing wizard as he has already showcased his quick feet, turn of pace, terrific dribbling skills, crossing ability and his eye for goal in the Championship throughout the past two-and-a-half campaigns. His breakthrough performances for the Blues led him to be reportedly be scouted by the likes of Bayern Munich and Liverpool in the past, so the Foxes have seemingly caught onto something promising. With Leicester boasting dynamic, attractive, attacking and fast football at the top of the English top-flight this season, Ranieri’s natural style of play at the King Power Stadium will suit Gray’s skills and ambition.
Will he be a good signing?
Former boss Gary Rowett certainly seems to think so, “He has certainly got the quality. It’s going to be a tough challenge. He is an eye-catching player. If he starts games or if he comes off the bench for 20 minutes I am sure he can have a very big impact for them”. With Gray ready to make the step-up into the Premier League, the 19-year-old will relish, thrive and flourish competing alongside the likes of fellow wingers Marc Albrighton, Nathan Dyer and the Riyad Mahrez for the remainder of the season. With Algeria international Mahrez enduring a spectacular season; scoring 13 and assisting six league goals, there is no other better mentor or teammate to learn, study and aspire to become in the top-flight this term. Realistically; the Birmingham-born ace will be restricted to more substitute appearances than league starts until the summer, although he will still be able to pack a punch for Leicester with his frightening pace and relentless determination bound to terrorise those weary legs in the dying embers of a game. Gray himself believes the Foxes’ came knocking for him this month after he scored an exquisite effort against Leicester back at St Andrew’s during pre-season. If the footage below is anything to go by, Gray will certainly fulfil the definition of a ‘good’ signing.