Keys has clearly taken aim at former Everton manager Rafael Benitez for his latest interview that saw him talk about his ill-fated tenure at Goodison Park in which he was severely hindered by the club’s inability to spend a lot of money.
During the summer transfer window of 2021, Everton only managed to spend £1.8 million, with all of that going on Gray, who in turn, has managed to forge a decent career with the Toffees featuring 47 times and registering 13 goal involvements already.
However, Keys has been left far from impressed by both Benitez’s interview, but also strangely brought Gray and his ability as a footballer into the conversation as he wrote:
‘His transfer business at Everton was embarrassing. He landed them with Rondon. Why? Why does he follow Benitez everywhere? (I’ve no idea) He signed a player that couldn’t get into Palace’s best XI. Ok – so Demarai Gray occasionally turns up – but I’m not a fan.’
Has Gray been a success at Everton?
TIF Thoughts on Gray’s time at Everton…
Considering Gray was thrust into an Everton side that was ill-equipped to cope with Premier League life last season and needed a penultimate day victory to secure their status in the top flight, managing to score four goals last season should be seen as a success.
The winger only cost the club £1.8 million, so based on the number of appearances and goal involvement he’s been able to register, it would suggest that he’s already paid back that transfer fee and was likely one of the best things Benitez did for the Toffees.
Gray is certainly not slowing down under Frank Lampard this season either ranking top for both shot and goal-creating actions, progressive carries and also carries into the final third (FBRef) proving how important he is to this Everton side and their success.