Demarai Gray made a rare start for Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City during a 3-1 EFL Cup win on Tuesday night at the Pirelli Stadium.

Tuesday night’s 3-1 EFL Cup victory at Burton Albion was almost a microcosm of Demarai Gray’s entire Leicester City career.

The winger showed flashes of real promise and skill, only to let himself down when it really mattered.

It seems a long time ago now that Gray was seen as one of the most exciting young talents in English football, relentlessly linked with Tottenham Hotspur and subject to a £25 million bid from Bournemouth (Sky Sports). To say he has failed to kick on in the last two years would be an understatement. 

The winger might be just 23 years old with plenty of time on his side but, almost four years after joining Leicester from Birmingham City, he really should have showed signs of ironing out the kinks that continue to hold him back.

And Gray was at his most frustrating at the Pirelli Stadium, causing problems to the Burton defence all night long, but even an assist for James Maddison’s late goal failed to overshadow a performance once again full of poor decision making and a lack of a killer instinct.

The fact that Gray has started just one of Leicester’s first 10 Premier League games of the season and now has to wait for midweek cup clashes to get a run out speaks volumes.


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