New Everton signing Demarai Gray shares what training under Rafa Benitez is like
Demarai Gray has spent a week training under Everton manager Rafa Benitez, and has admitted it is different from what he is used to.
The 25-year-old attacking midfielder joined the Toffees from Bayer Leverkusen last week and has already made his impact felt, playing a starring role as they won the Florida Cup on Sunday.
Benitez deployed Gray behind the striker in a number 10 role, and the Premier League winner is loving life in training as Everton continue their pre-season tour of the U.S.A.
The Englishman told Liverpool Echo about the Spaniard: “A very good coach and being able to work with him this first week has been good. He pays a lot of attention to detail, he is very precise with his work and coaching methods. He is clear with what he wants for the team and for you individually.
“It’s been a good first week and there are already little parts of my game he’s onto me about, where I can improve and where it will benefit me. It’s been refreshing and it’s been a good week. There’s been no easing in!”
“I think he’ll be one of those managers where there won’t be too much praise, but more ‘improve, improve, improve’ but that’s what any player will want because, at the end of the day, we are here to learn and develop individually and as a team. I prefer that. I am very positive I will improve under the manager.”
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A new Gray on the cards?
Struggling for consistency has been the winger’s main weakness from his Leicester City days, and Benitez could be the man to finally get the best out of him.
The former Real Madrid manager has a track record of improving players, and we cannot wait to see how Gray does under his tutelage.
The Everton boss has seen it all in a managerial career that has clocked almost three decades, and if the former England youth international applies everything he is told, he can finally fulfil his potential.
Not many fans were excited with his signing having seen him flatter to deceive while with the Foxes, but he can prove his detractors wrong by performing well week in, week out.
This is a move that could benefit both club and player, and we are optimistic about Gray’s chances of establishing himself as a Goodison Park favourite.
Everton have splashed the cash in the bid to become a top-six side in the Premier League, but have considered another approach and handed a struggling player another chance to prove his credentials.
It could be a gamble that ends up paying off.
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