Demarai Gray has taken a parting shot at Everton manager Sean Dyche after leaving the club to join Al-Ettifaq in an £8m deal. The winger expressed his frustration with Dyche’s lack of game time for him at Everton and believes he was not given a fair chance to prove himself.
Gray joined Everton from Leicester City in January 2021 but struggled to establish himself as a regular starter under Dyche. He made just 12 appearances for the Toffees, with most of them coming off the bench.
Speaking about his time at Everton, Gray said, “I didn’t get much of an opportunity there. I felt like I wasn’t given a fair chance to show what I can do. It was frustrating because I know what I’m capable of.”
The 25-year-old winger also mentioned that he had hoped for more game time and opportunities to prove himself at Everton. However, he acknowledged that football is a competitive sport and sometimes things don’t go as planned.
Gray’s move to Al-Ettifaq in the Saudi Arabian Pro League provides him with a fresh start and a chance to revive his career. He expressed his excitement about the new challenge and is looking forward to making a positive impact for his new team.
Despite his disappointment with his time at Everton, Gray thanked the club and its fans for their support during his tenure. He also expressed gratitude towards his teammates and wished them all the best for the future.
On the other hand, Everton boss Sean Dyche has not responded to Gray’s comments. The focus for Dyche and his team remains on their upcoming fixtures and continuing their push for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Gray’s departure from Everton comes as the club looks to streamline its squad and make necessary changes during the transfer window. The Toffees have already made several signings, including the likes of Andros Townsend, Demarai Gray’s former Leicester City teammate, and Asmir Begovic.
It remains to be seen how Gray’s career unfolds at Al-Ettifaq and whether he can rediscover his form and fulfill his potential. The winger will be hoping for regular game time and an opportunity to showcase his abilities in the Saudi Arabian Pro League.