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Demarai Gray 11

Everton began their preparations for the 2021-22 season under their latest new manager, Rafael Benitez, in squad- and wage-trimming mode and they began the summer's transfer business in the second half of July 2021 by signing Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic on free transfers before jettisoning the high-earning Bernard and acquiring winger Demarai Gray for around £1.7m.

The Birmingham-born winger had been linked with the Toffees in 2016 before he left his hometown club for Leicester City where he made 169 appearances without ever convincing successive Foxes managers that he was worthy of a regular starting role.

A pacy, direct wide player, Gray was picked up with six months left on his contract at the King Power Stadium by German outfit Bayer Leverkusen in January 2021 and signed to an 18-month deal. He scored on his Bundesliga debut and made 12 appearances in all before Everton activated a clause in his contract during the close season to bring him back to the Premier League.

Then 25, he signed a 3-year contract that would keep him with the Toffees until 2024 but there was an option for the club to extend it by a further year.

Gray settled quickly, scoring 3 goals in the first 4 Premier League games that underpinned a remarkable start for Everton under new manager Rafa Benitez. But a serious reverse in the fifth game, at Aston Villa, saw the goals dry up and, while he made  a couple of assists in the ensuing months as Everton's great early form evaporated amidst a perfect storm of injuries to key players, the goals would not return until December. 

An important come-back goal against Liverpool proved to be poor consolation in a horrendous final score line in a terrible run of six defeats but, in added time at the end of the very next game, a dramatic night affair against Arsenal at Goodison Park, Gray came up with a rocket in added time to win it in fine style.

But that would be the last Premier League goal of the season for him – in December – as he faded badly and contributed little to the dreadful relegation battle and run-in that saw Everton barely survive for another season in the Premier League.

FactFile

Squad number 11
Position Winger
Nationality English
Born Birmingham
Date of birth 28 June 1996
Height 5'-11" (1.80 m)
Joined 22 July 2021
Joined from Bayer Leverkusen
Signed under Rafael Benitez
Transfer fee £1.7M
Contract duration 3 years
Contract expires June 2024
Full debut v Southampton (H)
14 August 2021
Previous Clubs Birmingham City
Leicester City
Bayer Leverkusen
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Everton Career

Season Squad Number League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2021-22 11 28 (6) 5 2 (3) 1 30 (9) 6
  Totals 28 (6) 5 2 (3) 1 30 (9) 6


Previous Career

Season Team League Apps League Goals Cup Apps Cup Goals
2020-21 Bayer Leverkusen 5 (5) 1 1 (1) 0
2016-20 Leicester City 53 (80) 10 22 (14) 3
2013-16 Birmingham City 51 (21) 8 2 (4) 0

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