Gray is only 18 years of age and is rated as one of the best young players in England, and Rowett believes that he is destined for greatness.
“I think he can be one of the best,” the former Everton and Derby County midfielder told The Mirror. “He’s not quite there yet, if I said he was then he would be the complete package and he’s not quite there.
“He knows that and the good thing about him is that he’s level headed, anxious to learn and that’s the good thing about him.
“He’s a top talent, there’s not many players who can drift past defenders, go past players and, even in a local derby against Wolves, be perfectly poised even at the end of a long run. He shows no fear or panic.”
Top young talent
Gray has been on the books of Birmingham since 2006 and is now firmly one of the first names on the teamsheet.
The 18-year-old featured in 41 Championship games in the recently concluded 2014-15 campaign, scoring six goals and creating 41 chances in the process.
The teenager had a pass accuracy of 76% and a shot accuracy of 54%, and he won eight headers, 66 dribbles and 29 tackles.
Which clubs are interested?
“Premier League new boys Bournemouth have already made five bids, Liverpool have a first option clause on the 18-year-old and other top clubs are watching developments closely,” states the report.
Goal.com claimed in April that Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Aston Villa are monitoring Gray, while last month The Sunday People reported of Manchester United’s interest in the teenager.