Brendan Rodgers agrees with most Leicester City fans about this

Leicester City players (Photo by ANDY RAIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Leicester City weren’t looking like scoring for much of the Watford clash on Saturday, until the introduction of Demarai Gray into proceedings.

Most, if not all, Leicester City supporters are well aware of winger Demarai Gray’s God given talent with a football at his feet, and as an athlete in general. I don’t know the player personally, but after following his career and social media accounts for years as a Foxes writer, I know he’s a man of faith who is inspired by admirable teachings. He’s also someone who wants to reach the pinnacle of his profession.

Sadly that last ambition has curtailed somewhat at Leicester; ironically it was the step up that was expected to accelerate Gray’s career further while making him a footballing household name. Rather than the imagined launch – takeoff endured some major issues.

Under multiple managers – Claudio Ranieri, Craig Shakespeare and Claude Puel – the former-Birmingham City man has always been given chances: unfortunately all those coaches used then subsequently dismissed the 23-year-old. This was because of uninspired, lacklustre and unimaginative performances.

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Some of those descriptions just applied to Gray’s consistency, can also be applied to the manner in which the Foxes conducted themselves versus Watford. That was before the former’s introduction.

Obviously a laboured overall display is absolutely forgivable, as it was the initial match back after a long hiatus; not to mention being in the middle of a deadly pandemic.

However, when Gray came on as a substitute in the Hornets contest, he managed to inject the direct fearlessness generally attributed to Leicester City – turning the game the King Power side’s way.

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Following the game, City boss Brendan Rodgers praised his player’s influence on proceedings. The gaffer said that Gray was well prepared and ‘outstandingly brilliant‘ upon introduction. Continuing, Rodgers also hailed the latter’s efforts in training and the Aston Villa friendlies. Here’s hoping this is Gray’s turning point. Ben Chilwell‘s exquisite finish was cancelled out late on, as the teams drew 1-1.