Brendan Rodgers has said Demarai Gray might have to leave Leicester City in search of more game time while speaking to the Mercury amid reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United.
It has been five years since the one-time Birmingham City wonderkid made the 40-mile trip across the Midlands to Leicester.
But despite claiming a Premier League winners’ medal and playing Champions League football at the King Power, you can’t help but feel Gray’s time at Leicester has been a disappointment.
With a lack of end product still holding him back, the former England U21 international started just three league games last term.
And his time on the pitch will be cut even further with Rodgers admitting his interest in “very talented” Roma schemer Cengiz Under.
“(Whether Gray leaves or not) will be up to him,” Rodgers says.
“But he’s now 24. It’ll be whether he wants to continue in his role here or whether he wants to be a starter. While he’s here, he’ll be respected for his quality.”
You don’t need to be an expert in psychology to figure out Rodgers doesn’t envisage Gray as a starter any time soon.
However, if the former Liverpool boss isn’t convinced, Steve Bruce certainly is. The Telegraph reports the Newcastle manager is a huge fan of Gray and would love to sign a player whose rapid turn of pace makes him perfectly suited to reactive, counter-attacking football.
Tottenham were also linked with a long-term target via The Times in August – but that was when Gareth Bale’s return felt like little more than a pipe dream.
Gray was left out of Leicester’s squad for Sunday’s 3-0 opening day win at West Brom.
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