Tottenham Hotspur line up dramatic late move for talented winger

By Mark Peters IN General,Premier League,Transfers - 19:45 Aug 31st 2017

Many people expected Tottenham to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title in 2017/18, but a return of four points from three games is not the sort of start that the North London outfit would have been hoping for.

Recent recruits Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier and Juan Foyth will further strengthen Mauricio Pochettino’s hand at the back, but what the Argentinian really needs is some more pace and flair at the other end of the pitch.

Step forward Demarai Gray if reports in the Daily Star are to be believed, with Spurs thought to be battling Bournemouth for the signature of the promising 21-year-old as they bid to prize him away from Leicester.

DEMARAI GRAY

Whether or not the Foxes choose to do business before the close of the transfer window will depend on a number of factors, namely what other deals they manage to strike, the attitude of the player and the size of any potential fee.

Although he has been crowned a Premier League title winner since moving to the King Power Stadium in January 2016, things have not exactly worked out as the young man would have been hoping for in the East Midlands:

Demarai Gray
POS: MIDAGE: 21Y 2M
HEIGHT: 5FT 11INWEIGHT: 11ST 9LB
GAMES
ASSISTS
GOALS
15/16
Leicester
12
1
16/17
Leicester
30
3
1
17/18
Leicester
3
TOTAL
45
4
1

In fact, the talented winger has made a direct contribution to just five top-flight goals during his time at the club, though that can largely be attributed to the fact that 35 of his 45 appearances have come as a substitute.

What he has shown in flashes, however, is brilliant skill, wonderful technique and the ability to beat a man, something that Tottenham could really do with as they increasingly come up against sides who tend to park the bus against them:

Demarai
Gray
versus
Dele Alli
MIDPOSITIONMID
21Y 2MAGE21Y 4M
5FT 11INHEIGHT6FT 2IN
11ST 9LBWEIGHT11ST 9LB
 
CH | BIR | | MKD | L1
06/14 - 06/1506/14 - 06/15
28
STARTS
39
2557
MINS
PLAYED
3404
6
GOALS
16
1
ASSISTS
9
OPENING
GOALS
7
2
WINNING
GOALS
5
5
HOME
GOALS
9
1
AWAY
GOALS
7
HEADED
GOALS
1
R
6
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
1
R
13
426
MINS
PER GOAL
213
TOTAL
11

You have to go back to 2014/15 at Birmingham to find the best season of the England Under-21 international’s career, though Dele Alli’s record for MK Dons in the same campaign, albeit at a lower level, shows that Gray has always been playing catch-up.

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