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Top facts about Demarai Gray, the new Everton winger

Sun 14 November 2021 | 14:30

Here you would go through the top facts about Demarai Gray, including everything there is to know about his illustrious football career and many other details that would certainly intrigue you a lot.

As an English professional football player, he currently stars for

Premier League

club Everton in the position of a winger.

Back in his early years, following that he came through the youth system of Birmingham City, he debuted in his first Football League competition as a 17-year-old youngster in October 2013.

Then in two-and-a-half seasons, he impressively appeared 78 times across all competitions, including 51 starts in the Championship, while he scored 8 goals too.

Such outstanding feats didn't go unnoticed, in so far as Premier League clubs tried to convince Birmingham City for the services of the winger's immense talents to the point that it had become unplausible for Birmingham City to keep his young football genius.

As a result, in the mid of the 2015-16 season, Leicester City managed to trigger the winger's release clause so as to grab him on a 4 and a half year contract.

Apart from Leicester City 2015–16 Premier League-winning squad, he went on to join

Bundesliga

club Bayer Leverkusen in January 2021, and then came back to English football with Everton earlier in July.

Moreover, on the international stage, he has already appeared for the England U18, U19, U20, and U21 National Team but he has not made his senior national appearance yet.

To put it in nutshell, the young product of Birmingham has already grabbed a multitude of achievements even more than most professional footballers do in their entire career, while at the age of 25 and with his prime heyday ahead of; certainly, it still remains to see his best.

Top facts about Demarai Gray, the new Everton winger

Here are Top facts about Demarai Gray.

Demarai Gray facts in brief

Bio

  • Full name

    : Demarai Remelle Gray

  • Famous name

    : Demarai Gray

General information

  • Date of Birth

    : June 28, 1996

  • Age

    : 25 Years

  • Place of Birth

    : Birmingham

  • Country

    : United Kingdom

  • Horoscope

    : Cancer

  • Nationality

    : English

  • Ethnicity

    : Black

  • Religion

    : NA

Physical stats

  • Height

    : 5 ft 10 in / 178 cm

  • Weight

    : 146 lb / 66 kg

  • Hair Color:

    Black

  • Eye Color

    : Dark brown

Personal information

  • Net Worth

    : $5 Million

  • Marital status

    : Unmarried

  • Girlfriend

    : Emma Hickman

  • Children

    : 1

Football information

  • Profession

    : Soccer Player

  • Position

    : Winger

  • Current team

    : Everton

  • Jersey Number

    : 11

Demarai Gray childhood

Demarai Remelle Gray was born on the 28th day of June 1996 to his parents who have direct Jamaican roots, thereby he has a Jamaica origin making him eligible to play for Jamaica.

Demarai Gray childhood

was spent in a middle-class family in the aura of British Jamaican culture, where he was raised with his kid sister and joined Frankley High School.

While even before joining this high school, he had started playing with his town’s local youth team, Cadbury Athletic’s junior teams.

Even with his playing competitive soccer which he extended after school hours, he succeeded to make an impression with the club, earning a scholarship opportunity with Birmingham Academy.

Therefore, he entered Birmingham City's Academy playing as an under-11 while he received a two-year scholarship in July 2012.

Back then, in his own term, he was blessed with pace, dribbling and technique as he described himself as a bubbly, calm and happy person. He also held

Nathan Redmond

in the highest esteem who had influenced him a lot since he joined the club.

Moreover, with his good performance, it was no wonder to see him attract the eyes of Birmingham manager Lee Clark in the training.

Thereupon, he had been included in the squad for the Championship match against Millwall on 1 October 2013, which saw him make his senior debut as a 91st-minute replacement for

Jesse Lingard

in their 4–0 victory.

Then his first start occurred on 2 November, in a 1–0 league loss at home to Charlton Athletic while on 9 December, he made his first professional deal, with the club through a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Afterwards, he managed to put away his first senior goal, while he entered the League match at home to Blackburn Rovers on 19 April 2014 as a second-half stopgap with Birmingham 4–1 down.

Be that as it may, as he received a pass from

Federico Macheda

, he shot low into the corner to score the final goal of the match. Hence, making such great feats over the season saw him grab the Academy Player of the Season award for 2013–14.

Demarai Gray professional career

Due to Gray increased maturity in the 2014–15 pre-season at Birmingham City, he started the first two games of the season, yet then he was often used as a substitute.

But at the helm of new manager Gary Rowett, he was hopefully provided with an opportunity in their 1–0 victory away to Rotherham United on 22 November. It took not a long time for him to establish himself as the left midfielder of the regular unchanged starting eleven.

Then on his tenth league start, he went on to score three times in the first half of the 6–1 triumph over Reading on 14 December.

This was his first hat-trick since his under-14 days, that along with his clinical finishing, as well as his excellent tracking back to cover in defence, saw him grab the Football League Young Player of the Month award in December.

As the club was faced financial difficulties, it was no wonder to see some big clubs like Crystal Palace,

Liverpool

, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and AFC  offering the maximum of £5 million to take him in their service.

Although they rejoiced to retain such a competent player, with the prominence of loanee Lloyd Dyer, Gray was used rather sparingly.

Be that as it may, his only goal on 11 April, in that he amazingly ran the length of the pitch to put away the winner against Wolverhampton Wanderers, was his first goal after the Reading game that saw him grab the club's Goal of the Season award.

Moreover, he ended up the season with 43 appearances across all competitions, in that two-thirds of them were starters. He also became honoured to receive the club's Young Player of the Season award.

Afterwards, he made a new three-year deal with the club in July 2015, while a release clause was added to the terms.

In the new season, he made some notable performances, especially when he took the benefit of the confusion in the defence to put away a goal in a 2–0 victory at Leeds in October, while the goal turned out to be the only goal of his Birmingham season.

Then whereas the Premier League club Leicester City, offered £3.7 million to activate the release clause in Gray's contract, he made a four-and-a-half-year agreement with them on 4 January 2016.

In his debut appearance with the club that took place on 10 January, away to Tottenham Hotspur in the third round of the FA Cup, while he was a starter, he registered an assist to the goal scored by Marcin Wasilewski, in the 2–2 draw at White Hart Lane.

Just after a few days, for the first time, he appeared in England's top flight, as an 85th-minute stopgap for Marc Albrighton in a 1–1 draw to 

Aston Villa

.

While he was terrifically adept at killing time at the time of coming on for Leicester as a late replacement, he further managed to bag the assist for Jamie Vardy's stoppage-time goal that secured a 2–0 victory at Sunderland.

Likewise, his run from deep, cross and parried shot, was ended up to a goal for Albrighton against Swansea City. While he appeared ten times for the club all as a substitute, by 2 May, Leicester became champion.

In addition, he successfully put away the winning goal against Cardiff City and celebrated by putting out his shirt so as to show his undershirt bearing the words "For Khun Vichai" as

Leicester City

's owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha had passed away in a helicopter crash.

Afterwards, on 31 January 2021, he moved to Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen on an 18-month agreement. He debuted on 6 February as a 74th-minute stopgap and after ten minutes he put away the first Bundesliga goal in their 5–2 triumph over VfB Stuttgart.

Then he went on to join the Premier League club, Everton, on 22 July 2021 for an unrevealed fee of around £1.7 million as he made a three-year contract including an option to extend it for the fourth year.

On 21 August, in his second league match, he managed to put away his first competitive goal for Everton "with a clinical low effort into the far corner" in their 2–2 draw against Leeds United.

On the International stage, he received a call up for the England under-18s training camp in November 2013, while he debuted at that level on 18 February 2014, starring in the whole of a 4–0 victory over Belgian in a friendly game at St George's Park.

While after two weeks he contributed to England's goal of their 2–1 defeat to Croatia in the first match of a double-header, he was called up to the under-19s for a friendly against Germany in September 2014.

Although he debuted as a second-half substitute, his ankle injury prohibited him from playing for the 2015 European Under-19 Championship first qualifying round, yet at least he could play his role in the elite round.

After making a couple of feats, he came back to play as the starting eleven for the final group match against France, yet their 2–1 defeat resulted in their failure to qualify for the finals.

Then he participated in a joint training camp for the under-20 and under-21 teams, being included in Aidy Boothroyd's under-20 squad for the 2015 Toulon Tournament.

Although Gray gave England an 8th-minute lead with a shot from 12 yards (11 m) in their opening match against Morocco, the result ended up in a 3–3 draw for England.

Following two other matches that he did not perform that much good in them, Gray was called up for the under-20s' first matches of the 2015–16 season, which was a double-header against the Czech Republic.

In the first match, as a half-time substitute, he netted a goal in England's 5–0 triumph, whereas in their second encounter, notwithstanding Gray's hugely influential" attacking performance, they conceded the match 1–0.

Following Nathan Redmond withdrawal, he received his call up to play as the under-21 squad for European Championship qualifiers in November 2015 where he was not given many opportunities to make any feat in the first two matches.

But his under-21 debut occurred on 26 March 2016, in the reverse fixture 1–1 draw with Switzerland, while it was his run that saw Akpom score England's goal.

Likewise, on 9 September 2018, he received a call up for the full England squad to represent a friendly match against Switzerland.

Then on 27 May 2019, he was part of England's 23-man squad for the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

While Gray is eligible to represent Jamaica besides his native England, Jamaican Football Federation president Michael Ricketts added him to a list of English players with Jamaican heritage whose Jamaican passports are in process of being acquired. This was part of their plan to increase their chances of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.

Demarai Gray family and tattoos

In regard to top facts about Demarai Gray, one can suggest that he has a very stunning mother to the point that our footballer once suggested that she is the youngest looking 40-year-old mother on the planet and there is no doubt about it.

Moreover, it should not be excluded from the

top facts about Demarai Gray

that he is very deeply connected with his little sister as they spend a lot of quality time together.

When it comes to

Demarai Gray tattoos

, in so far as he is very dedicated to his family, he has taken to needle art, carving a few pieces on his left sleeve that represent his passion toward his family.

From his behaviour with his family, it is self-evident, what a warm-hearted person he is. So it is of little surprise, to see him cherishing to invest his time and money in making the world a better place.

To be specific, he has contributed a lot to charity works and he is considered to be among those who raise monies for children’s hospitals as he tends to visit the sick.

Demarai Gray girlfriend

As far as Demarai Gray love life is concerned, many sources have suggested that he is single. But in fact, although he is unmarried, he is in a relationship with his girlfriend, Emma Hickman. Moreover, the love birds are already blessed with a baby boy who is probably more than 2 years now.

One of the

top facts about Demarai Gray girlfriend

is that once she was in bed with their six-week-old boy, balaclava-clad thugs entered the home and threatened her in a terrifying raid, while her partner was not at home.

The four raiders who were believed to have used Google to trace the footballer’s home, ran away with £24,000 in cash and jewelry, while the Police managed to catch them at the end of the day.

Demarai Gray net worth 

If we take the

top facts about Demarai Gray

into consideration, we would point out to his current market value reaching its double amount which is €15 million with signing his new agreement with Everton.

But his highest market value until now is reported to be €20 million when he was at the prime heyday of his stint with Leicester City.

Likewise, it is to be said that

Demarai Gray net worth

is around $5 million, while has been endorsed by Adidas.

Although he has not a kind of lavish lifestyle who buys a chunk of pretty luxurious cars and duplexes, he just celebrated his Premier League title with a black Lambo, at the time when he was playing for Leicester City and had a salary of £57,000 per week, £2,964,000 per year.

Demarai Gray social media

In the realm of top facts about

Demarai Gray social media

accounts, one can suggest that he is active on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, while he has racked around 267 thousand followers with his account of

@demarai

on the latter one.

Whatsmore, it is worthwhile mentioning after that he was transferred to Bayer Leverkusen from Leicester City and just seven months later, he came to the Premier League with Everton; Leicester City fans blast him a lot on social media.

Much to many people's consternation, he made his return to the top flight of English football for a fee in the region of just £1.5m.

Here are two of such criticising comments: ’Knows it is his last chance at Premier League level so has turned up, if he maintains it good on him but it was right to move him on from #lcfc.’

‘Four managers tried to get him to play at Leicester, all failed. He refused a new contract so we sold him….at least we got a small fee and him off our wage bill for 6 months. Best thing for him and the club.’

 

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