Demarai Gray in danger of losing his place if Leicester sign Bertrand Traore

According to Foot Mercato journalist Sebastien Denis, Leicester are showing an interest in Lyon winger Bertrand Traore.

What’s the word?

Formerly of Chelsea, Traore has flourished since moving away from the Premier League. The Burkina Faso international struggled for game time in London, appearing on just 12 occasions.

However, he’s been magnificent for both Ajax and Lyon in recent years.

Last season the 23-year-old scored 13 goals in Ligue 1, whilst he’s added a further seven to his league tally in 2018/19.

A move back to England could now be on the cards though with Leicester thought to be interested in the attacker. Denis claims that Traore wants to stay at Lyon but the Foxes, alongside Liverpool, Everton and Arsenal, have begun to survey his entourage.

Also sniffing around the player are Bayer Leverkusen. It’s not known how much he may cost but Transfermarkt currently rates him at £16.2m.

The end of Gray?

Leicester clearly have work to do in a wide area this summer with Demarai Gray simply failing to produce consistent performances. Rachid Ghezzal has also been extremely disappointing since arriving at the King Power.

But if Brendan Rodgers made a move for Traore, it would help put to bed those lingering issues of consistency that Leicester have had on the wing.

This season Gray only managed four goals and a solitary assist in 34 appearances. It’s an extremely dismal record and goes to show why the club struggled for creativity on a regular basis when Claude Puel was in charge.

The 22-year-old has the ability to play all across the front line but Traore is also versatile. When needed, he can play as a leading striker and this only makes the proposition of signing him even more attractive.

He’s blessed with tremendous pace and his height makes him a threat in the air too. As such, he’d be the perfect player for a Premier League side such as Leicester.

Although he had a disappointing time when he was last in England, Traore has since matured a great deal.