Opinion: Has Demarai Gray failed at Leicester City?
Demarai Gray has been with Leicester City since 2016 | Photo: Getty/ Ben Stansall

On Sunday night, screenshots of Demarai Gray's Instagram was shared on social media after the Leicester City winger unfollowed the official football club account and all of his teammates.

Gray also changed his biography to 'Shackles Off. Freedom', before now changing it to just 'Freedom'.

Is there a reason behind this? Is Gray just cleansing his social media amid the current COVID-19 situation? Or is the former-Birmingham man throwing his toys out of his pram following a frustrating stint with the Foxes?

VAVEL takes a look back at his career in the East Midlands so far.

Bright Future

Gray arrived at the King Power Stadium in January 2016 when Claudio Ranieri's side met his £3.4m release clause and lured him away from Birmingham City.

The signing came after Gray won the 'Birmingham City Young Player Of The Season' award and the club's official goal of the season award the previous season.

Six months after impressing in pre-season with his wonder-strike against the Foxes, Gray made the switch to the Premier League side. The signing came after Gray progressed through the academy at St Andrew's to make 78 appearances for the Blues

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With Marc Albrighton and Riyad Mahrez both a consistent figure in the title-winning starting 11, appearances were limited for the teenager. However, Gray completed over six dribbles per game as he earned a Premier League winners medal.

Moments of magic

In the latter half of the 2015/16 season, Gray's contribution wasn't evident in his goals. However, his attitude and work rate when called upon was what made him popular.

His assist for Jamie Vardy in the 2-0 victory over Sunderland proved pivotal as well as playing a vital part in the final goal against Swansea City.

The following season saw Gray make 30 Premier League appearances, scoring twice in all competitions. However, with the need for rotation, Gray appeared five times in the UEFA Champions League.

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No improvement

With the sackings of Ranieri and Craig Shakespeare, Gray scored on Claude Puel's debut as Leicester boss in the 2-0 victory over Everton in October 2017.

The same season saw Gray appear 44 times in all competitions as the Foxes finished 9th. During the season, where he made 17 starts, Gray set up 27 chances for his team-mates.

However, the winger was unable to show much improvement. There were glimpses in the 1-0 win over Burnely and the 3-2 win at Newcastle but he was unable to cement his position in Puel's starting line-up, in what has become a similar theme throughout his career at the King Power Stadium.

At the start of the 2018/19 season, Gray was called up to the England senior squad for the friendly against Switzerland at the King Power Stadium, alongside Ben Chilwell.

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Despite not appearing for his home nation, most fans thought it would be the moment he began to show his potential but it appeared to be a false dawn.

Failure to impress again

Last season, there was an occasion when Gray was pushed up to play as a striker at Wembley against Tottenham Hotspur. The call from Puel resulted in major calls from the Foxes faithful for dropping Vardy. Gray struggled to make his mark to the Spurs defence.

His greatest moment at the club came last season in November. Gray's winner in the first game after the tragic death of Vichai Srivvadahprabha, a 1-0 victory over Cardiff City.

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Throughout the 2018/19 season, Gray only created 17 chances and provided one assist.

As Puel's reign at the club came to its end, Gray continued to fail at impressing when called upon. His lack of goals and assists has being the main cause, especially with the emergence of Harvey Barnes.

Current situation

After Brendan Rodgers was introduced in February 2019, Gray has been in and out of the team. 

Gray netted the opening goal in the 2-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in front of Rodgers on the day of his announcement.  

The introduction of Ayoze Perez has furthermore capped the time Gray has had to impress at the club.

Throughout his career at Leicester, Gray has contributed to 12 goals in 157 appearances (85 of them being made as substitutions). Compared to his six dribbles per game in his first six months at the club, Gray has only 1.5 per game this campaign.

With the constant rumours of the club seeking another winger, Gray's failure to impress at the King Power Stadium may result in his possible departure, ultimately resulting a sense of 'what could have been' for Gray with Leicester.

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