Friday, December 2, 2022



Who is Demarai Gray?



By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).

Demarai Gray gave Everton the 2-1 victory in the 92 minute of the game against Arsenal and is on the lips of all the British media. The 25-year-old Englishman faced on the left, eluded rivals and hit the goal to uncover the madness at Goodison Park and that his team achieve the long-awaited victory after eight games without being able to do so in the Premier League.

Demarai Gray came to Everton in July this year for £ 1.7 million! and he has already scored 5 goals in 15 games with the Toffies. This number sounds even better when he reviews his career: he has already converted more than he had accomplished in any of the previous full seasons.

Rafa Benítez’s new spoiled child has a perfect excuse: in no team did he achieve the continuity that the Spanish coach is giving him. Damarai Gray emerged from the Birmingham quarry, earned a place in the first team through strong performances and was even voted the player of the season at the club’s academy. He was not only a great promise of his team, but he got to be in the English youth teams and be a regular player in the position.

A great season in Championship where he displaced Federico Macheda and was characterized by speed and technique made Leicester set their eyes on Gray and take him in exchange for 5 million pounds. His first season in the Premier League was a dream because, like all promise, he was a regular substitute and they managed to be crowned with Claudio Ranieri’s long-remembered 2016 squad.

They spent five years defending the Leicester jersey. With only one season where they gave him minutes of confidence, but full of ups and downs in the game. More than good plays, he is remembered for being the first player to score a goal after the death of the club’s historic owner, Khun Vichai, and dedicating it on his shirt. Eventually he was relegated to the second team in his senior year and, as his contract ran out, Bayer Leverkusen appeared to pay a comfortable 2 million for Damarai Gray.

Germany seemed like the ideal destination. He could explode in the same league as Sancho, Bellingham, Pulisic and Haaland, but fate played a trick on him. In Leverkusen he had no chance to play. It was only six months where he played 554 minutes with the red and black. The decision of the German leadership was unintelligible: they let go of a player who simply asked for minutes on a pitch and have the ball at his feet.


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