The resurgence of Demarai Gray has intensified the fight for a starting position in Leicester City.

Gray was excluded from the matchday squad for the first two games and accepted Brendan Rodgers' Council in a one-on-one interview. In the last game against Bournemouth the 23-year-old had his first season appearance a 25-minute cameo.

While many places in Rodger's grid are set in stone, the fight between the wingers is fierce, and Gray's promising display makes the selection even more difficult for the City boss.

If James Maddison will not be sent off, Rodgers will have to settle for Manchester United on Saturday between two of Gray, Harvey Barnes, Marc Albrighton and Ayoze Perez.

"(Gray) is a very important member of the squad," said Rodgers. "There are many positions in the team that are fairly fixed in terms of players, but then there are one or two areas that we look at from game to game to decide if we need a winger or if we need someone who plays more.

"With him, I'm sure he responded well to what we said, and as a young player, you do not feel like you're allowed to sit on the bench when you're not playing, you have to Do the day in training, there is the squad, it's really competitive.

"Since then his reaction has been great. You see, when he came into play (against Bournemouth), he was fast, he was dynamic and looked like he was scoring and scoring goals. He is now at a really good level and he just has to keep that. "

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Although City turned over 30 million pounds to Perez in the summer, the Spaniard only had four games before leaving the team. The former Newcastle player was an unused substitute in the 3-1 victory over the Cherries.

He has a battle in his hands to regain his place.

"That's what we want, it's a competition," Rodgers added. "Depending on the type of game we want to play, and depending on the opponent, we have options at least now.

"Maybe we did not have that many opportunities by the end of the season when we came in. But now we have that.

"It creates a truly competitive environment every day, and then they know they need to perform while playing."