Having failed in their bid to bring Demarai Gray to Wembley for the 2017/18 season, Tottenham could be reigniting the interest in the hope of signing the young winger ahead of their move to New White Hart Lane.
Gray’s form has not been as convincing as some may have hoped for this season, with just four goals and three assists from 39 appearances in all competitions, but that has not put Daniel Levy and company off.
Demarai Gray has found his game time limited of late, despite only missing three Premier League games to date this season. Since the turn of the year, the winger has made only four starts for the Foxes and may relish an opportunity to be trusted more regularly, particularly at a club like Tottenham.
Working under Mauricio Pochettino would undoubtedly be a huge draw given his reputation for developing young players. That is believed to be key to his interest in Gray, who could follow in the footsteps of the likes of Eric Dier and Dele Alli in joining the club and going on to become regulars in the Premier League and for England.
Leicester will not be keen to part ways with one of their most exciting young talents and will command a huge price, which may put Levy off, but there are few English players in his age range with such potential and if anyone could justify such a fee, it may well be Gray.
Premier League Team of the Week II: Featuring Manchester City and Chelsea favourites
Who made The Boot Room’s Team of the Week for Game Week Two?
The Premier League action continued with a flurry in Game Week Two as Manchester City stole the headlines, reclaiming their spot at the top of the Premier League table with a 6-1 thumping of Huddersfield Town.
The weekend also saw wins for Chelsea, who made it two victories from two, and Leicester City, despite being reduced to 10-men, while Cardiff emerged from the early kick-off on Saturday with a point after a 96th minute penalty save to ensure a goalless draw.
Following the weekend’s fixtures, The Boot Room picks its six-a-side Team of the Week.
Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge claims his place between the sticks after his heroics against Newcastle United. After a string of first half saves to deny Rafa Benitez’s side, he then saved brilliantly from Kenedy’s penalty to ensure the Bluebirds secured a point. This is the second time in as many weeks that the Filipino ‘number 1’ has denied an opponent from the spot, following his success against Bournemouth‘s Callum Wilson in Game Week 1. Newcastle marked a well-deserved clean sheet for 28-year-old, who is quickly proving his worth to Neil Warnock’s promoted side.
In defence, Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy features after his influential display against Huddersfield. Not willing to allow his attacking teammates to claim all of the plaudits, the Frenchman’s marauding performance down the left flank proved a thorn in his opponent’s side from start to finish. So prolific was he, down the left hand side of the pitch, that he picked up two assists and could have had several more, such was his involvement in the final third. While this wasn’t a display of text book defending, his contribution cannot go unrecognised.
Under Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso has been required to play a more disciplined role than the Spaniard is typically used to. Nonetheless, while he is continuing to adapt to playing in a back four, and looking a little exposed defensively at times, his attacking instinct have shown no signs of letting up. The Spaniard showed good awareness to pick out Pedro for Chelsea’s opening goal against London rivals Arsenal, before showing composure to score the winner with the score tied at 2-2.
City’s David Silva has always been an absolute joy to watch and it was no different on Sunday. Making his 250th Premier League appearance – becoming the only the fourth Spaniard to reach said milestone – the 32-year-old ran the show from a central midfield position. Providing a match-best six key passes for his Manchester City teammates, Silva also had the chance to enjoy his own moment in front of goal, firing in a superb free-kick which beat the opposition ‘keeper at his far post.
Leicester City’s James Maddison looks as though he has played in the Premier League throughout his entire career. The 21-year-old, former Norwich City man has fitted seamlessly into Claude Puel’s side and already looks a player worthy of building a team around. In his favoured ‘number 10’ role he grabbed his first top flight goal against Wolves on Saturday, while weighing in with an all-action performance to ensure the 10-man Foxes didn’t let slip their two-goal lead.
City’s hat-trick hero, Argentine striker Sergio Aguero was a shoe-in for the Team of the Week after his display against the Terriers. The 30-year-old looks hungrier for goals than ever under Pep Guardiola and he repaid his manager’s decision to pair him alongside Gabriel Jesus with a clinical performance. City have only played three games this season and, already, Aguero has five goals to his name. After long-awaited knee surgery at the end of last season, he could be set for a remarkable, record-breaking season.
One to watch: Leicester City’s James Maddison is Foxes’ star performer vs Wolves
The 21-year-old has quickly adjusted to life in the Premier League.
It did not take long. James Maddison opened his Premier League account for the season as Leicester City beat Wolves 2-0 on Saturday.
The English midfielder has wasted no time seamlessly fitting into the Leicester system.
Tucking into his comfortable role behind the striker, Maddison looks similarly comfortable to what he was last season, when he was one of the Championship’s best players playing in the same role.
In addition to his goal, the 21-year-old completed 85% of his passes; an excellent rate for a player doing most of his work in the final third.
He also completed all three of his dribble attempts and all three of his tackle attempts. He is an efficient player that suits Leicester like a glove.
Manager Claude Puel seems to be willing to give him the freedom to shine, and Maddison is rewarding him with some high energy displays.
The Englishman looks particularly comfortable drifting over to the left side of the attack, where he is quickly developing a strong partnership with Ben Chilwell, Leicester’s left-back who loves to bombard down the wing.
As for his goal, Maddison picked up possession in a central area just outside the box – a position he proved dangerous from last season.
He made no mistake this time either, although with some help from a healthy deflection from a Wolves defender before the ball whizzed past Rui Patricio.
The goal helped the Foxes to their first win of the season.
With a victory following a spirited performance last week against Manchester United, Leicester once again look strong heading into this Premier League season.
One winner and loser from Leicester’s defeat to Manchester United
A new season for Leicester began with a 2-1 loss at Old Trafford.
An early penalty from Paul Pogba added to Luke Shaw’s first senior goal condemned Claude Puel’s side to defeat on the opening night of the new season, which brought a case of deja vu to supporters after the 4-3 defeat to Arsenal on a Friday night 12 months ago.
Leicester enjoyed plenty of possession in their trip to Manchester, putting Jose Mourinho’s side under a lot of pressure, but failed to make it count as David De Gea was largely untested. While some impressed, there was others who need to improve.
Here, we have identified one winner and one loser from the game.
Winner: James Maddison
Signed from Norwich City, James Maddison arrived at Leicester City with plenty of expectation as he was widely regarded to be one of the best players outside of the top-flight last season. From the early signs, there is a lot to be excited about.
Maddison proved to be the creative hub for Leicester throughout the match, central to anything positive that the Foxes created and not afraid to get stuck in – with a stern battle up against Manchester United’s new recruit Fred in the heart of midfield.
Having scored 14 goals and contributing eight assists last season, Maddison should be able to provide the spark in the final third that Claude Puel’s side lost following the sale of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City.
Loser: Daniel Amartey
If you were to describe the worst possible start to a new Premier League season, conceding a penalty just minutes into the opening game would certainly be right up there – and Daniel Amartey was the unfortunate party last night.
His handball mere minutes into the new campaign saw Paul Pogba score from the spot and the Ghana midfielder struggled to get a foothold in the match from then on, riding his luck with a few clumsy challenges before picking up a deserved yellow card.
He was taken off by Puel in a double change shortly after the hour mark and may now face a test to retain his spot in the side.
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