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.
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:
|POS: MID||AGE: 21Y 2M|
|HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN||WEIGHT: 11ST 9LB|
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:
|21Y 2M||AGE||21Y 4M|
|5FT 11IN||HEIGHT||6FT 2IN|
|11ST 9LB||WEIGHT||11ST 9LB|
|CH | BIR |||| MKD | L1|
|06/14 - 06/15||06/14 - 06/15|
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.