West Brom have reportedly been scouting Demarai Gray ahead of the January transfer window, but the young winger has told the Birmingham Mail that he has no intentions of moving to a club where he will not be playing consistent football.
Gray said: “I have always said right now what’s key for my development is playing games here - the gaffer is playing me every week. Right now I can’t complain. I feel like I am getting better all the time. I have just signed a new three-year that shows my commitment to the club. I have always said whatever happens, happens. We will just have to wait and see but I am happy here.”
Although not directly ruling out a move away from Birmingham, Gray certainly sounds keen on remaining with the Championship side a to ensure his development continues at its impressive rate.
The 19-year-old winger established himself as a real Championship talent last season, breaking into Blues’ first-team and making himself a key player in Gary Rowett’s side.
His form has continued this season, growing more and more into his creative role, although Gray only managed to score his first goal of the season this weekend in the 2-0 victory over Leeds at Elland Road.
He put in a truly top class display, and it was one which had people talking about his future again, now that rumours have started concerning the January transfer window.
The Birmingham Mail claimed last week that the young winger is Tony Pulis’ number one transfer target for the January window, as the manager wants to add more pace to the wide positions in his ailing squad.
Despite these links to the Premier League, the youngster seems extremely grounded, and he appears to care much more about his development than quickly making the switch to the top flight.
This is the wisest move for Gray to make, and if he continues playing as he has been with Birmingham, it will not be too long before he is in the Premier League - as a first-team starter with one of the biggest sides.