Leicester City must regret their decision to sell Demarai Gray in January after making a bang for the Premier League after arriving at Everton.
The 25-year-old winger moved to Bayer Leverkusen on a £ 1.8m deal in the middle of the 2020/21 season after losing the pecking order at King Power Stadium, but quickly returned home.
One of the way went?
Gray’s talent and potential have rarely been questioned. He was one of the most exciting young talents in English football, having been promoted to the Birmingham City youth club and moving to Leicester during the title-winning campaign.
Despite playing a limited role in the Foxes’ incredible 2015/16 season, Gray established himself in the first team in the years that followed and stood out on occasion with some outstanding performances.
Was Leicester right to sell Gray?
Under no circumstance!
Yes, in any case!
“He was excellent,” said Brendan Rodgers after beating Bournemouth in 2019 (as transmitted by Leicester Mercury). “He trained very well. He’s a great talent and he showed it when he got in. “
The regular presentation of his talent, however, was the real problem for the former England U21 international.
The flying striker has often started well under a new coach or club, scoring three goals in his first seven league games under Claude Puel before failing to find the end of the net in his last 20 top games for Leicester.
A similar pattern emerged during his six-month tenure in the Bundesliga, when he scored a goal and provided two assists in his first three games for Leverkusen but made no contribution in his last seven games.
Gray is now repeating the trick at Goodison Park. Three goals for the Toffees this season have earned him just one less than the entire Leicester squad during his league service, propelling Everton to fourth place.
It’s hard to criticize Leicester Football Director Jon Rudkin, given the extraordinary job he has done while wearing the Midlands outfit.
He’s often sold key players at the perfect time, maximizing profits on their departures before wisely reinvesting the proceeds in the transfer market so the current FA Cup titles can beat their weight over and over again.
Gray, however, could turn out to be his biggest mistake of the century. Selling a promising young player for under £ 2m just as he was nearing his peak years where he will hopefully mature to hone his game seems a totally illogical decision.
It remains to be seen whether the 7.2 million with the 25-year-old winger.
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