‘Unbelievable’ Everton signing backed to shine by his former teammate

Date published: Saturday 31st July 2021 1:25 - Lewis Oldham

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New Everton winger Demarai Gray has been backed to impress at Goodison Park by his former Leicester City teammate Christian Fuchs.

The 25-year-old has completed a £1.7m move to Everton this summer from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen.

Gray joined Leverkusen from Leicester City last January. He got one goal from his ten outings in the German top-flight last term.

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The winger joined them on a free transfer after playing 169 times for Leicester during his five years at the club.

Fuchs was asked about his ex-teammate 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.”

“Demarai blended in very well. He is a pretty quiet character and gets along with everybody. He immediately did really well on and off the pitch.

“Straight away, we saw pace, lots of pace. He was, at times, at a level where everybody was astonished by his quality, his ability to take on four, five and six defenders.

“To somehow get through them and put his teammates in positions to score. At times, it was unbelievable.

“Coming on in games after he first joined, he was a really good asset. If the game was even, he could bring this extra spark, with his versatility and creativity on the ball.”

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