Everton new-boy Demarai Gray has lifted the lid on Rafa Benitez’s demands.
Benitez is not the most popular managerial choice but he does have a reputation for improving players on the training ground.
And Gray told the club website that he relishes that and wants to improve his attacking output.
He outlined where Benitez has been telling him to improve and offered an insight into the Spaniard’s relentless demands.
“I don’t think there’s been a training session yet where Rafa hasn’t told me something I can improve. But I wouldn’t have it any other way,” he said.
“I don’t want to be told what I am good at – everyone knows what they are good at. I want to be told what I can work on. I am happy I have a manager like that, an honest manager.
“I am confident I am going to improve with him. For me, it is about achieving consistency and scoring goals and being productive at the top end of the pitch.
“That’s what I’m paid to do; put the ball in the net and help create goals, help the team get points. I genuinely have a good feeling I’m going to progress with Everton. The next few years are going to be some of my best.”
Benitez demands a lot of his wingers defensively while also expecting them to spring forward on the counter-attack.
Gray has been a player with potential for a while and now it’s time for him to step up and become a player that a Premier League side can rely on for goals and assists.
That’s clearly his aim too and we’ll see how Benitez’s methods improve him once the serious stuff starts.