Brendan Rodgers has said Demarai Gray may have to leave Leicester City in search of more playing time while speaking to the Mercury amid the reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United.
It has been five years since the Birmingham city prodigy made the 64 km journey through the Midlands to Leicester.
But despite the Premier League winner’s medal and Champions League football at King Power, you can’t help but think Gray’s time at Leicester was a disappointment.
With the lack of a final product still holding him back, the former England Under-21 international only started three league games last season.
And his time on the pitch will be further reduced with Rodgers admitting his interest in “very talented” Roman schemer Cengiz Under.
“(Whether Gray leaves or not) will be up to him,” Rodgers says.
“But he’s now 24. It will be if he wants to continue in his role here or if he wants to be a starter. As long as he is here, he will be respected for his quality.
You don’t have to be an expert in psychology to understand that Rodgers isn’t envisioning Gray as a starter anytime soon.
However, if the former Liverpool boss is not convinced, Steve Bruce certainly is. The Telegraph reports that the Newcastle manager is a big fan of Gray and would like to sign a player whose fast pace makes him perfectly suited for responsive, counter-attacking football.
Tottenham were also linked with a long-term goal via The Times in August – but that’s when Gareth Bale’s return looked like nothing more than a pipe dream.
Gray was left out of the Leicester squad for Sunday’s 3-0 win at West Brom.
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