Pundit hails Everton summer signing ‘bargain of the century’

Date published: Monday 23rd August 2021 4:13 - Jason Soutar

Demarai Gray

Former player Noel Whelan has claimed Demarai Gray is the “bargain of the century” after his £1.7million move to Everton this summer.

The winger scored his first Premier League goal for the Toffees in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Leeds United.

And Whelan was impressed with the 25-year-old’s performance at Elland Road, claiming the best is still to come from the ex-Leicester City man.

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“I think Leeds United were rumoured to be looking at him at one point,” he told Football Insider.

“There was a question mark over whether he could do it but he has proved to be an absolute snap in the first couple of games.

“Gray is a top-quality player. He was heavily involved on Saturday. He got down the wing on numerous occasions, put in some dangerous crosses and got his goal.

“For £1.7million, that really is the bargain of the century. If he continues to produce that kind of quality on a weekly basis, what a bargain.

“He is not even into his prime yet so it really is a great bit of business from Everton.”

Gray made 169 appearances for Leicester during his five years at the club, scoring 13 goals.

And his former Foxes teammate Christian Fuchs has also backed the winger to impress at Goodison Park.

Fuchs was asked about Gray during an interview with Everton’s official website. He believes that “the talent is there” with the attacker:

“If he keeps consistency in his game, I have no doubt about Demarai Gray being a regular starter in any team in the Premier League.

“He has those qualities and the talent is there.

“He grew into his role with Leicester and became a much better player during those years.

“He did well making the move to Germany, getting out of his comfort zone and experiencing a different league and environment.

“I think that matured him. Now, being back in England, at a great club, there is a lot for Everton to look forward to with Demarai.

“If I tell you he can play in any team in England, then he can play for England. Absolutely. It is down to him.

“The potential is there, now it is about putting his potential on the pitch, in games and in training, week in, week out.”

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