Bayer Leverkusen winger Demarai Gray has officially completed his move back to the Premier League just six months after leaving Leicester City. The 25-year-old has joined Everton, becoming one of the first signings to join the Rafa Benitez era.
The Spanish manager clearly wants to add depth to an Everton side who impressed at times last season. In the end, however, injuries at the wrong time caught up to them and they missed out on the European places.
Losing Carlo Ancelotti in the summer on top of a disappointing finish would have been a big blow, but Benitez adds similar experience which could result in significant progress at Goodison Park.
Demarai Gray Completes Everton Move
Squad Depth Key
Breaking into the top six of the Premier League is difficult enough, but maintaining a place in is a whole different task- as Everton found out last season. Sometimes that experience can pay off, however, as clubs learn and adapt for the new season ahead. Everton fans will be hoping that’s the case at Goodison Park.
The squad depth that they have added this summer should result in improved results, too. So far, they’ve managed to land veterans Asmir Begovic and Andros Townsend with Demarai Gray also making the move. Benitez is finding the balance of those in their prime, those with the experience to lead the team even off the pitch, and those with the raw ability at a younger age.
Gray, in particular, is a shrewd signing for the Toffees. He signifies a major upgrade to former player Theo Walcott, who spent last season on loan at Southampton. Gray is younger and better than the ageing Walcott who made the permanent switch to Saint Mary’s.
As a collective, the Toffees look a stronger force this season with crucial experience under their belt as they seek European qualification.
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