During the summer Roberto Martinez took the opportunity to sign former loan signing Gerard Deulofeu on a permanent basis for a fee in the region of £4 million, not even just in today’s market but overall this has the opportunity to be one of the best bargains of recent times. Two seasons ago Deulofeu had a big impact for Everton while on loan creating chances and showing his ability on the ball, most memorably the match against Manchester United when he scored and created a goal. While this season at the early stages Deulofeu has been used somewhat sparingly, with Martinez favouring to use him as an impact substitute, surely this has to change.
Against Reading in the Carling Cup he was without question the man of the match while also getting himself on the score sheet, he then gained his first start of the season recently in the 3-2 comeback win against West Brom showing exactly what he has always been capable of. The Spanish media and critics gave Deulofeu a hard time last season when on loan at Sevilla, but at the end of the day his burning desire to play football is what will keep this young man level headed and playing to his full ability. He showed against West Brom exactly what everyone knows about the young Spaniard from two years ago and further more of how he is developing.
His pace and trickery is blistering and is exactly what you do not want to face as a full back. The ability on both feet gives him an option to come inside or on the outside, once more a great versatility for Everton. What has to be observed is his natural power now, he does seem to have worked on himself to be able to hold off defenders and compete against bigger players, his overall game is coming together nicely but adding power to his direct running and pace then this gives Everton options playing him on either side. The other element of his game that must be praised is his concentration, to see a player as frustrated as Deulofeu against West Brom in the first half, it would have been easy to substitute him, but no he came out in the second half and as much as the Everton players looked to get him the ball, Deulofeu also looked like he was demanding the ball, this isn’t maybe what everybody likes to see, but to see a player want to take a hold of a game deserves much credit. With the two assists he produced, he certainly justified this. The two crosses showed a development of his end product, this is another element of his game that needed some fine tuning. That being said his work off the ball still must improve he needs to work on helping out his full back more and knowing when to drop inside but that will come for the Goodison Park favourite.
There will be people out there who will say that this is a one off game, but this Spaniard could really push Everton even further up the table. There will be games he will not play that he will have to accept but from watching his early career so far it is easy to see Everton have pulled off a major coup for their club. Barcelona added a clause in his contract that they could sign him back, and if Roberto Martinez keeps working with him do not be surprised if Barcelona take advantage of this. Adding Deulofeu with Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley, John Stones and Brendan Galloway the club is really developing a good core of young players to build on, and to push on for them European spots once again.