‘Topsy turvy’ Gray one of three ‘real bargains’ for Everton – ex-Prem boss

Date published: Wednesday 21st July 2021 10:25 - Lewis Oldham

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According to Alex McLeish. Everton have been getting some “real bargains” in the transfer market so far, and the “topsy turvy” Demarai Gray is included in them.

The Toffees are now managed by former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez. They have been busy in the transfer market over the past few days.

They have expressed interest in Aaron Ramsey and Kalidou Koulibaly, but they have added two players to their squad on free transfers.


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Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic have signed for Everton from Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth respectively. 

They are also close to signing Bayer Leverkusen winger Gray, as he has “completed his medical”. 

The Englishman spent five years at Leicester City before he made the move to the Bundesliga in January. He got one goal and two assists from his 12 outings for the German outfit.

Former Aston Villa boss McLeish has spoken about Gray with Football Insider. He believes that the attacker must show “consistency” for Everton:

“It’s been a little bit topsy turvy for Demarai.

“The Leicester thing didn’t quite work out. At £1.7million, these are real bargains Everton are getting.

“It’s really strange there’s not a top-dollar signing. I’m going to talk from the perspective of Everton fans.

“They might think: ‘Wait a minute. We can’t say every signing’s going to be an inspirational acquisition.’

“I think the experience they have got in Andros and Demarai, is really good. They’re players who know their way about Premier League pitches.

“Demarai has still got to show he’s got that consistency.

“It will be an interesting signing to see how he can break through into that Everton first XI.”

Earlier this week, Noel Whelan suggested that Everton are getting themselves a “fantastic player” in Gray:

“I’m just surprised it’s only Everton in the running. We’ve seen the ability he has.

“Although he struggled at Leicester, £1.5million is next to nothing for a player who is only 25.

“He is also yet to enjoy his best years of football. He’s been around the Premier League for many years now.

“This signing could really excite the Evertonians if he can get going and show more of the quality he has. The service he will provide for [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin will be fantastic.“

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