Everton have undoubtedly had a difficult campaign, having won just six of their 24 games, with four drawn and 14 lost. That currently leaves them 17th in the Premier League table, just one point above the relegation zone.
Regardless of their disappointing results this term, one player who has been a bright spark for the Toffees in terms of his performances on the pitch is Demarai Gray.
Having joined the Merseyside club last summer from Bayer Leverkusen in a deal worth a reported £1.7m, the 25-year-old has scored five goals and provided two assists in 21 league games. That is the joint-highest tally of goal contributions from any player at Goodison Park for the season alongside Richarlison.
In addition to his cutting edge in attack, the Englishman’s overall performances have also shown why the club were right to bring him in, with WhoScored listing him as Everton’s second-highest rated player with a rating of 6.86/10.
Taking a closer look at his statistics for the season, the former Leicester gem has demonstrated how much of an attacking threat he can be by racking up 42 shots at goal, more than any other Toffees player including Richarlison, along with making 29 key passes and 35 dribbles.
His attacking efforts for his new club caught the attention of pundit and former Everton defender Martin Keown, who described Gray as “inspirational” earlier in the season.
The winger has also shown that he isn’t afraid to get stuck into his opponents to try and win the ball back for his team by winning 19 tackles in addition to the attacking side of his game.
Everton are fighting for survival in the Premier League, so if the £19.8m-rated star can add a few more goals and assists to his tally for the remainder of the campaign, he could be the difference between Frank Lampard’s side going down or staying in the top flight.
If this ends up being the case, the club’s deal to bring him back to England from Germany would be seen as one of the most important that they have made in a long time, with Gray boasting the attributes to seal his status as a Goodison Park hero if he can keep delivering the goods.