Having added a hat-trick to his growing tally this season, Demarai Gray is proving to be a handful for any team to face Birmingham City.
After breaking through the academy ranks last season it would seem that a lot of responsibility is being put on the young boy’s shoulders. But the 18-year-old has become an integral part of Gary Rowett’s plans for the future – that is, if he can keep hold of him.
It was only right that the talented young winger should be awarded his first professional contract – and that he was, a two-and-a-half year deal to be exact.
Premier League interest
However, there are doubts whether the Blues will be able to keep hold of him, having already fended off offers from Crystal Palace in the summer.
It would be within Rowett’s and the club’s best interests to keep hold of any youngster that comes through the academy system as it is they that are the future.
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Wearing the number 33, Gray is now proving week in and week out that he can perform at the required level to one day be a top Premier League star. He is starting to catch the eye of top teams in the Premier League but seems to be remaining grounded by focusing purely on his football and putting in shifts for Birmingham.
Rowett seems to know exactly what he has in Gray and is proving his faith by rewarding him with first team starts and a full 90 minutes to showcase his skills.
After a promising start to the season and a high quality performance in the game against Reading on Saturday it would seem that the only way is up for the talented youngster. Many Blues fans will hope that his long-term future remains at Blues and will continue to be a star asset for many years to come.