Bournemouth have emerged as the favourites to sign Demarai Gray this summer if he does leave the King Power Stadium. The Leicester Mercury report that Eddie Howe’s men are leading the betting with Bet Victor, with odds of evens.
Although the odds shouldn’t be taken too seriously when it comes to transfers, there can sometimes be a reason that a certain team is being favoured. The Cherries have shown that they can attract big-name players in the past and a move to Dean Court would likely appeal to the winger.
Sky Sports reported yesterday that the player has held talks with Leicester City regarding a move away from the club. The winger is thought to be unhappy at the lack of first-team football, as he started only nine matches in the Premier League last season.
There is no doubting his potential, but he needs to be given a chance to develop and that is why he is considering a move away. Everton, Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund have all been credited with an interest.
What would he bring to Bournemouth?
There are few more exciting players in the division and he would provide a direct threat from the wing. He is capable of playing on either side or centrally behind a striker, but his best position is on the left wing. Gray is great to watch, as he looks to run at defenders and beat them with his trickery on the ball.
The 21-year-old is quick and has a low centre of gravity, which allows him to turn quickly to avoid challenges. Despite his lack of playing his time, he has always shown confidence on the pitch and that suggests a mature attitude.
Last season, he showed flashes of his ability as he contributed one goal and three assists. His main role was as an impact player, which stunted his development. The excitement and potential is clear, but he lacks consistency, while his decision making is questionable at times.
Bournemouth have been a good team for developing young talent and they look to play a positive brand of football, which would suit Gray. They would be cautious about paying too much after being burned last summer by Jordon Ibe. However, the Leicester winger looks to be at a more advanced stage of his development. It would be a coup for the Cherries and represent a great piece of business by Eddie Howe.
How likely is a move?
The interest is at an early stage, with the main rumours coming from the betting odds, but there is rarely smoke without fire. There must be an interest from Bournemouth and his current situation means that a transfer away from Leicester is possible this summer.
The other sides that have been linked with the winger may not be able to offer guarantees regarding first-team football. For that reason, Bournemouth would look to be a move that suited Gray a lot, as he would be able to play regularly and develop out of the spotlight of a big club. This one may not be one to get excited about yet, but it is certainly a situation to keep an eye on.