Demarai Gray has sparked controversy on social media after taking an apparent dig at Everton boss Sean Dyche. The 27-year-old has been absent from all of Everton’s matches to start the season as reports continued to link him with a move away from the club.
He looked on the verge of joining Fulham on deadline day, but a deal fell through at the last minute. With the Premier League transfer now closed, Gray’s only hope of a move elsewhere is to move outside of Europe.
Turkish side Besiktas and a host of clubs in Saudi Arabia are said to be interested in the winger. But any chance of Gray winning back a place in Everton’s squad appears to have been squashed by the player himself.
The Jamaica international appears to have burned all bridges with Everton with his explosive post on Instagram, seemingly in a dig at Dyche for not playing him more.
“Everton fans have always been great with me but it’s so difficult to play for someone who don’t show you respect as a person,” Gray wrote on Instagram. According to transfer expert Ben Jacobs, Gray’s post comes after Everton told Al Ettifaq they’re not prepared to sell up.
Dyche admitted earlier this week that part of the winger’s omission from his matchday squads was down to the transfer speculation. But the Everton boss did give Gray a route back into his side, insisting the international break would be a good opportunity to change his situation.
When asked why Gray had been absent from matchday squads this season, Dyce said: “It was a bit of everything — his fitness, his fitness to play in the side, the situation around him and all of the noise.