Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images

Andros Townsend has hailed Demarai Gray after the forward enjoyed a fine start to his Everton career, following a £1.7m move from Bayer Leverkusen.

What’s the story?

Well, speaking to SPORF, Townsend heaped praise on the 25-year-old when discussing Gray’s FIFA 22 Ultimate Team card.

The 30-year-old said: “He hadn’t really proven it until he’s come back (to England), but he’s been on fire so far. He’ll have Player of the Months, Team of the Weeks, Team of the Season (FUT cards).”

THE NEYMAR – MBAPPE – MESSI TRIO IS FAILING.

BridTV
5535
THE NEYMAR – MBAPPE – MESSI TRIO IS FAILING.
877108
877108
center
13872

We can’t argue with a word Townsend said.

Nobody expected Gray to perform like he has at Goodison Park.

The ex-Birmingham forward has netted three goals in seven Premier League appearances, while also providing one assist.

Gray’s efforts have helped the Toffees into fifth in the Premier League, just two points off the summit.

Having cost just £1.7m, most expected the Englishman to be a mere squad player, who would arrive to bolster Rafa Benitez’s bench.

Things couldn’t have gone more differently for Gray.

Everton must take inspiration from Demarai Gray

Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images

In recent times, Everton have had more money than sense.

Signings such as Gylfi Sigurdsson for £45m, Alex Iwobi for £34m and Yannick Bolasie for £25m have been utterly brainless additions.

There are many more transfer failings, but we don’t have all day.

Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images

What Everton must do now is take inspiration from the bargain signings of Gray and Townsend – there is value to be had without spending millions.

The Toffees have wasted too much time overpaying for average players.

It’s time for Marcel Brands to become a bit shrewder in the market, and find more cut-price gems like Gray and Townsend.

In other news, Rangers hope to finally sign £500k star Gerrard admired; face competition