Tuesday will find another player on the pitch at Leicester City, whose depth is growing with its table status.
The Foxes have hit a rough patch on the field for the first time this season, shutout by Manchester City and Bournemouth, and questions have been raised whether they’ll be able to withstand big money offers for Riyad Mahrez and the injured Jamie Vardy.
But Leicester has been linked with Sampdoria right back Pedro Pereira, and have now completed the capture of Birmingham City youngster Demarai Gray.
It’s reported to be a $5 million-plus sale and a four-and-a-half year contract.
Having made his Birmingham debut aged just 17, Demarai has already made 78 professional appearances, including 51 starts in the Football League. His pace, work-rate and creativity have made him one of the most sought-after young players in the country.
Gray scored six goals in 43 appearances for Birmingham City last year, and the signing is a promising move for the Foxes. His being English bodes well for a sell-on value in the hyper-national value world of the Premier League.
As teams climb in renown so does the attraction for promising players. And teams all want to find the next Dele Alli. As a young, electric star with an England youth background, this is the exact type of signing that will inspire the Foxes’ fan base.