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Demarai Gray will prove vital for Leicester's season aspirations

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Demarai Gray signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Foxes to join from Birmingham last week, has made an impressive start under Claudio Ranieri.

Having impressed in the Championship, there was uncertainty whether the youngster could replicate his superiority for his new top flight side.

Throwing a debutant of little experience against a tough Tottenham side may not have been the ideal fixture to start the 19-year-old off with. However, Gray proved that wasn’t the case and gave a lively performance for his new side.

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For previous club Birmingham, he only netted eight goals in his three-year spell at senior level but his lack of net rippling action fails to stand in the way of his incredible contribution. Providing extra fire power in the Blues' final third proved vital in their aspirations for a playoff spot and will take some effort to fill the vacant hole.

The winger’s display also caught the attention of Premier League legend Alan Shearer who praised the England Under 20 star for his contribution.

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Shearer, who was one of the BBC's pundits for the game, said: “He is very promising. I thought he showed great maturity.

“He worked his socks off for the team in the first half without much reward with the ball. But certainly he saw a lot more of the ball in the second half.”

The winger accumulated a passing accuracy of 77.8%, providing one assist in his 65 minutes of action and generally caused havoc in the opposition's defence.

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Former Leicester boss Martin O’Neill was also impressed with the youngster as he told BBC Sport: “This is where he is brilliant, taking players on, coming from the left into one vs one. It doesn't matter to him who he is up against he will take them on. This is a very promising debut.”

The travelling fans gave their new signing a standing ovation when replaced just after an hour. The 19-year-old clearly showed his capability of playing in the Premier League despite his lack of experience and looks set for a promising future under the Foxes.

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