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Everton Agree Fee To Sell This Gifted Winger: Is Dyche Making The Right Call?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Asharq-Al-Awsat stated that Everton have agreed on a fee to sell Demarai Gray to Al-Ettifaq this month. It has been revealed that the Toffees have agreed to let the Jamaican winger join the Saudi outfit for $6m.

Gray’s Tough Season At Goodison Park

The 27-year-old endured a difficult campaign at the Merseyside club recently as he struggled to be consistent for them in the Premier League. However, Gray did well to score six goals and secure one assist in 36 matches for the Toffees last season in various competitions.

The Jamaican sensation deserves a ton of credit for averaging 1.8 shots, 1.1 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He even distributed possession accurately in the opponent’s half after completing 81.3% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

Gray is under contract at Goodison Park until the end of this campaign. Thus, it makes sense financially for them to cash in on him soon or else risk losing him on a free transfer next year.

Demarai Gray
USA’s defender Matt Miazga (L) fights for the ball with Jamaica’s forward Demarai Gray (R) during the Concacaf 2023 Gold Cup Group A football match between the USA and Jamaica at Soldier Field Stadium in Chicago, Illinois on June 24, 2023. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI / AFP) (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Is Everton Boss Sean Dyche Making The Right Call By Selling Gray?

Gray has got the pace to cause a lot of problems for his marker out on the flanks. He is a good dribbler with the ball and has got the vision to play some decisive passes in the opposition half. The Jamaican talent can even shoot the ball with venom and precision from long range. He mainly plays as a left-sided wide player but can also fill in as a right-winger or operate in the number ten position if required.

Gray is currently one of the best talents at Dyche’s disposal. Hence, it makes no sense for Everton to cash in on him as they simply cannot afford to lose more quality from their squad.

When Gray is fit and firing on all cylinders, he can be one of the Merseyside club‘s best performers. However, he is on an expiring contract which makes it lucrative for the Toffees to cash in on him this month.

Gray’s exit would undeniably be a big blow for Everton as they face another potential relegation battle in the Premier League this season. Thus, Dyche seems to have made the wrong call with regard to this deal this month.

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