Demarai Gray well on his way to proving himself the steal of the season

Thursday, 16 September, 2021 29comments  |  Jump to last
Karen Carney writes that the Everton winger looks rejuvenated under Rafael Benítez after starting most games on the bench at Leicester.
As a professional the difference between being a very good player and exceptional one is confidence. Getting a goal early on has really set him up for the season. He didn't have the best first touch against Leeds but he still buried the chance and that is a sign of how high his morale is. As soon as the ball was played through against Burnley you felt he was going to score because of the way he is playing, moving and feeling. A confident player does the other side of the game, too, tracking back and making blocks, which you can see in his play.

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Darren Hind
1 Posted 16/09/2021 at 20:04:25
A change of pace which simply burns defenders alive.

He' been getting me up early on Matchdays

David Pearl
2 Posted 16/09/2021 at 20:19:35
Yep. So far so good. Hopefully he can keep it up. Although l wouldn't mind another similar player added in January because we have needed his kind, as Darren says, with a change of pace. I don't think we could have asked for more from him and Andros. Plus others coming into form. All good but 1 game at a time.
John McFarlane Snr
3 Posted 16/09/2021 at 20:27:57
Hi Daren [1] when it was announced that Everton had signed Gray and Townsend, a section of fans on this site expressed less than complimentary opinions. I know that their performances may not be as good in games to come, but their contribution on Monday night was excellent, and it's been a while since Goodison was so vibrant. I agree that there are inevitably bound to be disappointing performances, but I live for the 'enjoyment of the moment', and let the future take care of itself. I suppose that's a simplistic approach, but it gets me by, I have considered doing the honourable thing for the meeting of the 25th by wearing a name tag, enabling others to avoid me.
John McFarlane Snr
4 Posted 16/09/2021 at 20:33:25
Hi again Darren [1] apologies for the misspelling of your name.
Graham Mockford
5 Posted 16/09/2021 at 20:52:48
The lad has talent for sure, he’s been great in his first four games.

He has a chance to fulfil the potential that he showed at Birmingham and for a while at Leicester.

But he does have a history of false starts so let’s not pile expectation on him and hope he’s matured into the bargain of the century.

Joe McMahon
6 Posted 16/09/2021 at 21:04:58
Lets hope he can do the Biz on Saturday too as Lawrenson has again tipped us to lose. According to Lawrenson so far this season we are bottom with zero points. How do they get away with it, on a website we all have to pay for!

RE Gray, he will need a rest against QPR, but who steps in god knows.

Barry Rathbone
7 Posted 16/09/2021 at 21:12:13
Thierry Henry was plop in Italy (Berkamp as well if I remember correctly) but it clicked big time at the Arse. Here's hoping for young Demarai
David Pearl
8 Posted 16/09/2021 at 21:23:45
Joe, l noticed that too with Lawrenson.

And l would say Gordon, lwobi and James might get a go vs QPR

Its good to have players waiting for a chance, and we have plenty of them.

Dale Self
9 Posted 16/09/2021 at 21:46:59
I don't know if it was intended to acquire Gray with Townsend but that was a beautiful move by Brands if so. This young man has some steel about him and working with Townsend's veteran wisdom and overall class could really make him into something special. He seems the type to keep his head down so I'm believing it will happen. Do the Villains and make your side of the hometown proud, Demarai!
Phil Bellis
10 Posted 16/09/2021 at 21:49:18
John... I shall be sporting a blue carnation in lapel
and carrying a copy of WSAG mag😁 Should be able to spot me👍
Bill Gall
11 Posted 16/09/2021 at 22:00:52
off topic but watching Gray's previous team Leicester v Napoli. That Napoli look a good team.
Paul Birmingham
12 Posted 16/09/2021 at 22:01:07
The lads got such natural pace flair and instinct and is a joy to behold in full flight.

This makes this Everton team potentially the most potent in many years, as there’s goals potential across the front line from all positions.

But it’s early days but let’s see what happens v Villa away, a genuine test for any team.

But fekk Lawrencson and the RS pro biased media.

This Saturday Everton can turn and split Villas midfield and back line.

I’m going for a win, though Ive not checked odds yet with B365.

Belief and genuine belief and respect to the squad and the management team, for getting Everton playing again.

The last manager took Everton to dire straits and took the joy out of the game.

Well done Rafa and his staff and to continue on with resilience and fearless football.

Great to see players busting a gut to get forward and to get back to help the defence.

Peter Mills
13 Posted 16/09/2021 at 22:27:14
Karen Carney is always worth listening to, she knows her stuff.
Laurie Hartley
14 Posted 16/09/2021 at 23:28:02
The way he celebrated his goal v Burnley was significant for me. Three fingers in the air and more to come from this lad!
Brent Stephens
15 Posted 16/09/2021 at 23:47:13
So far a significant signing. With Townsend, this change is helping to turn the ship.
Paul Kernot
16 Posted 16/09/2021 at 00:06:08
I mentioned on another thread that even if his season turned to custard from now, as terrible as that would be, he's already paid back the fee we paid for him. A 25yr old, two footed, speedy winger in the Bundeslige who just scored 3 in 4 games. What would teams pay for him now? $30mil plus?
Paul Birmingham
17 Posted 17/09/2021 at 00:08:46
Brent, definitely.

Good dealing by Rafa, and his team In the last transfer window, and let’s hope after 10 games, the team is still in tune, and going for it.

It’s a relief to see flowing football in each game rather than stagnation chess, under the last manager.

Everton, avoided a brand and culture disaster, when the Spaghetti Western director decided to take the easy ride out, knowing he didn’t have the guts to slog it, and there was no money.

Mike Gaynes
18 Posted 17/09/2021 at 02:34:07
Yep, Pete, and a really good writer for a footballer.
Albert Perkins
19 Posted 17/09/2021 at 05:33:42
From what I've read these two wingers are Rafa's choices.

Pity that Dom is out for a bit, but being away to an attacking side could be just right for us with our mobile and speedy counter attacking duo up front. Fancy Richie to cash in next.

James Brand
20 Posted 25/09/2021 at 06:49:03
Completely agree Peter #13

Has her own opinions, explains the game really well and certainly holds her own. Definitely not there to fulfil an outlets diversity/equality drive - she genuinely is a top quality pundit worthy of attention.

Kevin Molloy
21 Posted 25/09/2021 at 07:24:17
Her effortless winding up of Leeds fans... "People were saying they only came up cos of Covid" – was a thing of genuine beauty.
Peter Gorman
22 Posted 25/09/2021 at 07:55:06
Oh, she was winding them up beautifully was she? I didn't realise, there was me thinking she was just another gobshite pundit.
Kevin Molloy
23 Posted 25/09/2021 at 08:33:33
Peter,

Her intentions may be in doubt, but that they were wound up is not.

And that'll do for me.

Tom Bowers
24 Posted 25/09/2021 at 23:19:05
He and Townsend are a breath of fresh air and we can only hope that they continue with their good work especially with our other strikers missing.

Rondon so far hasn't shown anything and surely he can't stay in that starting role when there are one or two youngsters chomping at the bit.

Rafa, of course will stick to his guns until Calvert-Lewin comes back but Rondon looks laborious at the moment so Everton will find it hard over the next few games.

Colin Metcalfe
25 Posted 25/09/2021 at 23:29:04
Seems many people on here forgot what happened this time last season when we were flying. Well, it didn't get any better after the first 7 games and gradually went downhill, so let's not get carried away just yet.

As for Townsend and Gray, one was released by Palace and the other sold because he couldn't make the grade at Leicester City, so let's just say they as a team have made a solid start but let's see how they're doing after 20 games.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

26 Posted 25/09/2021 at 23:43:01
Not one for enjoying the moment then, Colin?
Brian Williams
27 Posted 25/09/2021 at 23:53:18
Hmmmm... I'm not going to remember and relish Townsend's absolute stunner versus Burnley because he's just a player that was released by Palace.

And Gray's goals aren't worth enjoying because he didn't make the grade at Leicester...

What some will do to be a misery arse is unbelieeeeeevable! 🤔

Kieran Kinsella
28 Posted 26/09/2021 at 00:09:20
Brian Williams,

That's why I completely dismiss the 80s. Southall was a dustman from Bury so how could we possibly enjoy his team's success?

Seriously, I'd say the difference between this season and last season so far is that we are doing what you'd expect, ie, beating teams that on paper are weaker. Last season, the team couldn't be assed with that so they relied on grinding out backs to the walls wins in games we were expected to lose. Hopefully we can keep being flat-track bullies and throw in the occasional upset/

Dale Self
29 Posted 26/09/2021 at 00:53:02
Okay then, I owe Julian a pint. Gray went to Leicester City in 2016 before Brands arrived. Credit to Rafa indeed if he banged the table for these two.

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