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Deulofeu faces tough climb at Barça

by | 13/10/2014  Comments (61)  jump
Things these days aren't quite going to plan for Gerard Deulofeu, who was recently sent on a surprise second loan spell, this time with Sevilla, after failing to impress Luis Enrique in pre-season following what appeared to have been a successful season on loan at Everton.

For the first time in his 11 years at the club, Deulofeu now faces falling down rather than up the Barcelona pecking order, and his situation highlights the harsh reality that most players who come through La Masia have to deal with sooner or later.

The former Everton man was shipped off to Sevilla after failing to impress Luis Enrique, writes Lee Roden in this FourFourTwo article, and already it looks like an uphill task for the 20-year-old to claw his way back...

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Nick Entwistle
1 Posted 13/10/2014 at 15:56:04
But where in the world is Royston Drenthe?
Peter Laing
2 Posted 13/10/2014 at 16:04:55
Injury seriously impacted upon Deulofeu's loan season at Everton although there were glimpses of his huge potential. Gerry still looks out for Everton's results and we obviously made a big impression on him during his short stay. If Deulofeu became available on a permanent transfer he would be the one player that I would love Everton to acquire. Direct, skillful and can score goals, something that Everton desperately need when we adopt the slow and ponderous approach.
Tony Abrahams
3 Posted 13/10/2014 at 16:09:23
Good player, but he also looked like a player on loan to me. Get rid of the superstar attitude who thinks heÂ’s to good to work for the team and he might fulfil his potential, otherwise?
Stephen Karnes
4 Posted 13/10/2014 at 16:15:43
I don't know, Peter. I got the impression, and I could be wrong, that Roberto didn't rate him too highly. If he could be had cheap though, I'd definitely have him back.
Andrew Ellams
5 Posted 13/10/2014 at 16:25:17
His story seems so similar to way to many talented youngsters who come through the ranks at the big clubs only to be pushed out by ready made multi million pound superstars.

A club like Everton or Sevilla would probably suit his development more as he would be able to see genuine first team opportunities coming his way if he put the work in, not necessarily the case at Barcelona

Liam Reilly
6 Posted 13/10/2014 at 16:29:01
It's no disgrace not getting into that Barca side. If he's available in Jan, we should snap him up on another loan with a built in option in the summer if he does well.
Tony J Williams
7 Posted 13/10/2014 at 16:41:38
Get him back, the limited views I have had of Atsu, I would say Deulofeu pisses all over him....ermm allegedly...

I wasn't his greatest fan but he can offer the unpredictable element to our monotonous workman like midfield plodding of late.

Thomas Surgenor
8 Posted 13/10/2014 at 16:43:17
IÂ’d have him back in a heartbeat!

I remember him fizzing in balls to Lukaku (who was caught unaware and potentially surprised at how good young Geri could be)

This kid has so much potential and would inject much needed youthful pace that is lacked by Osman, McGeady and Pienaar.

Imagine a permanent front 4 of Lukaku, Mirallas, Geri and Ross.
Backed up but other young players in Seamus, McCarthy, Oviedo, Stones, Garbutt, Besic and (everyones new flavour of the month) Tyias Browning.

Denis Richardson
9 Posted 13/10/2014 at 16:59:31
Would be great to get him back on loan, not sure about permanent move mind, would depend on the price and wages I guess.

Has a lot of pace and talent but his final decision needs to improve a lot, which would hopefully come with experience and decent coaching. Far too many blind alleys and shots when a better option was to pass/cross.

Still, is an exciting player. Wonder why we didn't get him back on loan when Barca decided not to have him in the first team squad.

Craig Walker
10 Posted 13/10/2014 at 17:11:29
The League Cup tie against Fulham last season summed up Deulofeu. Unbelievable at times. Lightning pace and a real threat. At other times he couldn't make a 2-yard pass. He could have made himself a legend when he was put clean through in the Goodison derby. Always thought he was a good option to come off the bench though.
Michael Winstanley
11 Posted 13/10/2014 at 17:29:50
I'd love to see him back, Mirallas, Lukaku, Barkley & Deulofeu would be a magical line up one season on.
However, I expect him to start producing performances to turn heads, he will create and score, it's what he does best.
Mike Gaynes
12 Posted 13/10/2014 at 17:45:53
Michael (11), he seems to turn heads and make them shake in equal proportion. I'm not at all surprised that he has so far failed to impress at Barca. His talent is dazzling, but I've never been convinced he was a future star.
Jay Harris
13 Posted 13/10/2014 at 17:59:15
His opinion of himself surpasses his actual contribution.

Sometimes dazzling, frequently disappointing. Can be greedy and not chase back.... i.e. a luxury player albeit one that can change games.

A good late sub for me.

Nev Renshaw
14 Posted 13/10/2014 at 18:00:40
Whenever we get a player on loan, they do really well but as soon as we tie them down on a permanant deal they go all lazy. Why?
Sam Hoare
15 Posted 13/10/2014 at 18:10:12
Deulofeu has a way to go. He was invisible in plenty of matches last season. But when you did see him....

I'd have him back if we could but I'm not that surprised to hear he hasn't been played much at Sevilla.

Peter Z Jones
16 Posted 13/10/2014 at 18:07:36
When we first signed Deulofeu on loan, I said he was coming back because he'd never actually get into the Barca first team. Now that Barca has Messi, Neymar, and Suarez, now he has absolutely no chance of that. Roberto's loan strategy is brilliant. He picks off the young future stars that aren't getting a fair shake and gives them the opportunity to shine here.

Next season, I won't be surprised if he signs on with us permanently when he finally gets over his irrational confidence in his abilities and realizes he must grow as a player. That growth can only occur somewhere you are given a chance, and we can provide that.

Michael Winstanley
17 Posted 13/10/2014 at 18:01:41
Mike. I watched the highlights reel of last season recently and the player who stood out was Deulofeu. When you consider his age and what he did in the hardest league in the world then for me you have to give him a bit of credit.

The article stated he's started to create chances and Sevilla are scoring goals, after a quick check he's just starting to get a run of games so I expect him to take his chance.

John Daley
18 Posted 13/10/2014 at 18:17:03
"Wonder why we didn't get him back on loan when Barca decided not to have him in the first team squad."

It's been stated that Enrique didn't want to see him return here as he thought Everton concentrated too much on trying to improve the defensive side of Geri's game, to the detriment of his attacking ability. 'They tried to kill his flair' being the (alleged) accusation.

Ironically, shortly after the move Barcelona saw as the better option, the Seville manager subsequently came out and stated he would refuse to pick Deulofeu until he started doing his fair share of defensive graft: "His selection will only come with the process of improvement. We want him to improve his overall game- his team play and defensive actions".

There's not much doubt that Martinez would have had him back at Goodison given the chance. Also, given the ponderous nature of much of Everton's approach play thus far this season, there's not much doubt that Deulofeu's pace and direct running would have provided a different outlet, enabling the team to turn defence into attack more swiftly.

Obviously, Atsu was brought in as an alternative, but if Deulofeu looked like he wasn't quite ready at times last season then Atsu remains rawer than a sushi roll.

During the recent Europa game, in which he was dragged off at half time, he looked lost and hopelessly bereft of confidence when on the ball. The amount of times he paused, put his head down and passed it straight to an opposition player, it was almost like he was trying to patent his own drinking game (A shot of Absolut every time the ball slices of Atsu's boot? Arseholed after 20 mins).

John Daley
19 Posted 13/10/2014 at 18:32:51
"Whenever we get a player on loan, they do really well but as soon as we tie them down on a permanant deal they go all lazy. Why?"

Like who? I guess your primary target is Lukaku but who else is there on this long list?

It's baffled me.

Barry? Can't really be classed as lazy when he's not missed a single game so far.

What other loans have we had recently that subsequently became permanent?

Pienaar a few years ago? Frustrating at times, flings himself to the floor needlessly, but I wouldn't think 'laziness' is a charge even his biggest critic could lay at his feet.

Before that...Howard? Falls asleep at inopportune times now and again but can't say it's because he can't be arsed.

Oh wait, I finally got it. You lazy bastard Yobo!! Fasten your fucking shoe lace in your own time you overly casual c##t!

So, so many. Bill must have the word 'sucker' wrote on his forehead in magic marker. No, of course he hasn't. Not really. Everyone knows it's spelt out in the form of a big birthmark under his fucking hair like Damien from the Omen.

Jim Bennings
20 Posted 13/10/2014 at 18:30:21
Just come home Delboy lad and show these asses on the wing what running past a man and driving towards goal actually looks like.

We heard during summer when Atsu signed that he was more of a team player than Deulofeu and his crosses were more varied..

Utter bollocks..

Give me a blistering lightening direct winger like Deulofeu any day of the week than someone who just doesn't look capable of beating an egg with a garden fork.

I was instantly impressed with Deulofeu when I first saw him on his debut.
You could see straight away he was so direct and fast.
Ok he was selfish but that could eventually be trained out of him and he was slowed down last December by that bastard hamstring injury just when he was really hitting top shape.

I recall him tearing the redshite a new one at Goodison and Stoke at Goodison last season.

I want to see that again.

Deulofeu got me out of my seat.
Atsu doesn't yet, and from what I have seen so far I doubt very much he will.

Harold Matthews
21 Posted 13/10/2014 at 18:27:31
Definitely a luxury player but a great talent with a wonderful spirit and speed to burn. Would have him back tomorrow.
Paul Ferry
22 Posted 13/10/2014 at 18:57:35
I don't always agree with Jim Bennings (20) but I nearly always agree with Harold (21) and, like them, I'd have him back in a heartbeat. A loan with an option to buy would be golden but he now seems to be getting a decent run at Seville and the opportunity might not arise.

But I agree with all that has been said about his directness and I simply cannot understand why anybody would not want him back with us, not least given these last few months of Atsu (but he could still come good).

The major reasons for not wanting Del back ought not to be about him and what he can or cannot do but what our main priorities ought to be in the next two windows.

Central defence and a new goalie are key for me, absolutely nailed on must dos. And then we need someone creative in the middle and – let's see what happens with Kone and Eto'o – perhaps another striker.

So, Del as Harold says in a different context might be 'a luxury' but Lordy he can leg it up both wings and at his best is shattering!

Clive Rogers
23 Posted 13/10/2014 at 19:04:31

Drenthe is at Sheff Wed on loan from Reading.

Dellboy was good at going past defenders but his final ball was usually not good. Also his passing was very poor, perhaps why RM has doubts.

The Seville manager said he wouldn’t be selected till his attitude changed.

Karl Jones
24 Posted 13/10/2014 at 19:15:24
Was always liable to win a game from nowhere. Remember Sunderland away where he made the goal happen (even if it was a deflection) ? Great equalizer at Arsenal, and what a lay-off at Newcastle for Barkley to score the goal of the season.

Always had the confidence to try things and was always positive. When you look at the rubbish we have had to put up with from our wide players (McGeady especially) this season.

I'd have him back without question.

Brian Waring
25 Posted 13/10/2014 at 19:43:16
John, the comments Enrique was supposed to have made were put on Facebook by a lad who turned out to be a Redshite, who for some reason couldn't back his claim up with any evidence.
Phil Walling
26 Posted 13/10/2014 at 20:13:21
A 'show pony' good and simple. His pace and tricks take the eye but they usually lead nowhere. Fatuous to contrast him with Atsu who is just bloody hopeless.

I can't believe how many hard bitten Evertonians fall in love with these 'luxury players'.They win you nothing. Ever.

Colin Glassar
27 Posted 13/10/2014 at 20:31:56
Bags of talent but like many young players, full of himself.
Jim Bennings
28 Posted 13/10/2014 at 20:31:53

It's probably because Evertonians have been so used to watching some serious tripe this past 20 years that when a "luxury" player comes along we feel spoiled.

I don't want to go back to the day's of just having players who try, but offer nothing on the wing, without meaning to sound disrespectful to McGeady, it feels lineage Simon Davies/ Kev Kilbane days again...
Lots of effort but not really very good.

I agree about Atsu at the minute though. He is going to need to learn fast, otherwise you're looking at the nickname Shitsu before long.

Kieran Riding
29 Posted 13/10/2014 at 20:51:22
I watched the Spain match last night, and they are trying to blood the young talent into the national team to replace the old guard.

They have some seriously good young players there, so competition will be strong for places. Not sure how Barça's transfer ban will pan out for Deulofeu club football wise, but I'd hate to see him spunk his chance at making a proper career for himself.

Peter Laing
30 Posted 13/10/2014 at 20:41:47
Agree with Jim Bennings, Delboy had me on the edge of my seat in the Autumn of last season, he along with a marauding Lukaku (looking like predator with the dreadlocks) kick started Roberto's grand new era. Liverpool at home, Stoke, Man United away, followed by the curse of the hamstring injury derailed Geri's season. We are struggling this season due to a lack of creativity and cutting edge, the players that provide this – Barkley, Mirallas, Coleman have been missing for large chunks through injury and Delboy currently rotting in the reserves at Sevilla.

I would hope that if Geri is available that Martinez had the influence to sign him up for Everton. This season has been turgid to date and a couple of creative players certainly wouldn't go amiss in January.

James Stewart
31 Posted 13/10/2014 at 21:14:11
He's better than Atsu, McGeady and Pienaar so I'd take him back in a flash.
Dick Fearon
32 Posted 13/10/2014 at 21:14:05
Phil W + Jim B, we have been carrying a 'luxury player' for years. Like the Parson's Egg, he is good in parts but not often.

Step up, Leon Osman.

Mark Taylor
33 Posted 13/10/2014 at 21:48:23
If he has fully recovered from the hamstring, then even if Delboy has not progressed since last year, he would pose a bigger threat and offer more dynamism than what is on offer at the moment.

In addition to pace, he clearly is also endowed with excellent technique. He can control the ball. Final ball may be a bit lacking but that can be learned- and I think some of the criticism there lies with our forwards not being on the same (fast) wavelength.

Back on a loan spell? Definitely yes, no doubt. On a permanent deal? Well we’re geting a bit burnt on those right now so I think that would depend on the terms.

Jon Withey
34 Posted 13/10/2014 at 22:22:06
I would have him back in a heartbeat. He generally panicked defences and gives us pace for counter-attacks that has gone missing since he went and Mirallas got injured.
Jon Withey
35 Posted 13/10/2014 at 22:23:57
I really miss having players that can beat opposition defenders. Having Deulofeu, Coleman and Mirallas was great at times. McGeady can occasionally do the same but Deulofeu was better at running with the ball.
Harold Matthews
36 Posted 13/10/2014 at 22:30:48
Clive. He had a wonderful attitude. Even on the bench he would jump up and down, heading and kicking every ball.

Tom Bowers
37 Posted 13/10/2014 at 22:51:11
It would have been nice to have had Delboy to slot in for Mirallas at this time. The lad oozed talent and, had he not gotten injured when he did, then who knows... RM may have been able to bring him back for another season.

It certainly seems he is not in Barca’s plans so maybe he will be on RM’s radar come January.

Peter Gorman
38 Posted 14/10/2014 at 01:36:15
I'm not convinced Del boy's poor final ball was due to delusions of superstardom so much as being a young kid over-eager to impress.

I would love to have him over again; he will learn and become more composed.

Another ludicrously talented man we had named Tony Grant said that, once he realised you just need to play the game simply, he never looked back (well, and you need to stay injury-free obviously). When Gerry learns this, he will be great.

As for Atsu, I'm not seeing a fraction of the talent we saw last season from Deulofeu. Not seeing any talent at all come to think of it.

Peter Norris
39 Posted 14/10/2014 at 03:26:02
Dick #32. What's this post got to do with Leon Oman? Call him what you like but we've not carried him as a luxury player and at least he's run the course with us unlike a few others.
David Graves
40 Posted 14/10/2014 at 11:41:47
Parson's egg? Mixed metaphors there I'm afraid.
Chris Fisher
41 Posted 14/10/2014 at 12:25:34
Where has this McGeady bashing suddenly come from?! He has his limitations sometimes but he has been quite good this season, Granted he is behind Naismith, Mirallas, Stones, and Barry in terms of performances but he has been a lot better than a hell of a lot of other players so far.
Tony J Williams
42 Posted 14/10/2014 at 13:08:38
"Where has this McGeady bashing suddenly come from?"


Have you been on sabbatical, Chris? Some of the mouth-foamers on here have been bashing him since he signed.

Paul Dark
43 Posted 14/10/2014 at 13:12:38
Let's get him back if it means he'd replaces the hopeless McGeady.

McGeady is costing us points – and he will continue to do so.

Mike Childs
44 Posted 14/10/2014 at 15:13:05
Being a conspiracy theorist: given that we are Chelsea's farm club and all of Billy's buddy over there threw in the fact that we must take Atsu to get Lukaku, leaving no room for Geri to comeback.

I'm with the majority that I'd have him back today, even if he does have to catch his breath every now and then. I'd rather see a guy bust his gut, and have to suck some air, than a jogger.

Chris Fisher
45 Posted 14/10/2014 at 16:12:50
Tony J Williams


Christ I thought he had been alright!!! I'd like to know what said mouth-foamers problem with him is??!!! Like I said, granted he has his limitations but I can think of many worse performers this season, or are they all getting clobbered as well!!!

Paul Dark

In what way is he costing us points?? I'm not trying to start an argument with you or defend him, that is a genuine question. What do you think he is doing that is costing us points? Missing easy chances, giving the ball away and that resulting in goals against us, or his final ball being so bad that he is causing us to not score goals that we should?

I really did think he had been okay so far, not our best player at all, but not terrible?

Chris Fisher
46 Posted 14/10/2014 at 16:19:47
I agree though that, if we have our best 11 available McGeady would never get in that team, so the only way Deulofeu would replace McGeady is if we was to sign him right now!!!
Aidy Dews
47 Posted 14/10/2014 at 21:04:51
Deulofeu did well for us and IMO we miss him! He had pace, could beat players with ease, scored goals and created plenty of chances; the likes of McGeady & Atsu aren't a patch on him!

I've watched back last season's DVD and Deulofeu played a big part in the way we played and was always an outlet when we wanted to counter.

He was always an out-ball and, cos of his pace and trickery, got us into dangerous situations. Although, a lot of the time, what he tried didn't come off... but, with time and experience, he would eradicate that and become a class player. If he was to become available ever again, then I'd love us to be in for him!

Peter Fearon
48 Posted 14/10/2014 at 21:31:40
I would have Deulofeu back in a heartbeat. Especially when you look at the freeloading steerage-class passengers we have taken on in the close season. I would rather have one Deulofeu with all his greed and impetuosity than ten Atsus and Besices. Neither of them look capable of doing more than getting splinters in their bums.
John Pickles
50 Posted 14/10/2014 at 22:13:19
Now who was the last one to be called a 'show pony'... Ah yes, Ronaldo!
....What ever happened to him I wonder?

If Geri ever was to return to us, I'd pick him up from Spain myself!

He scared the crap out of every defender who faced him and has more raw talent then anyone in our or most other English squads. He could one day be world class!

Neil Pickering
51 Posted 15/10/2014 at 12:24:57
Just like when you split up from your ex-bird and you remember all the good times, I feel similarly about Deulofeu. He did some decent things but, as is the case with most players his age, his decision-making and his final ball was woeful, as was his ability to track back. He was okay in bursts, but never good enough to start... and may never be.

Martinez obviously thought he was Â’phenomenalÂ’, as he does with most young players we have, but I donÂ’t really subscribe to the wankfest that is Deulofeu.

Tahir Abdullah
52 Posted 15/10/2014 at 16:56:31
Harold @21; spot on.
Nicholas Ryan
53 Posted 19/10/2014 at 13:42:35
Some sportsmen (and women) just HAVE IT. They may not show it consistently, they may be a pain in the bum; they may have no maturity; they may take all the wrong options ... but they just have something.

GD absolutely HAS IT. There are a lot of rough edges to smooth out; there is a lot of ego to deflate; he needs to try harder, and run further. But, if we could get him to do all those things [and I think RM could] what a player we would eventually have!

Also, by being publicly 'dumped' by Barcelona, he may have had an unexpected crash-course in humility!

Remember, it's not exactly a disgrace to be not quite as good as Messi, Neymar & Iniesta!!

Phil Walling
54 Posted 19/10/2014 at 14:28:51
And some Evertonians have an obsession with this show pony! Any critique is always full of 'if only's. I'd prefer them to be some other club's problem. His Fancy Dan style would totally have blocked off the amazing impact work we saw from Seamus and Bainesy yesterday. The lower leagues are full of kids who can dribble – it's the outcome that counts... and usually it is for nothing!
Brian Harrison
55 Posted 19/10/2014 at 14:44:28
I think Deulofeu excited and frustrated in equal measure, but most young players lack consistency. There is no doubt that this boy has talent and pace should we be able to get him in January then I will be delighted to see him back at Goodison.
Phil Walling
56 Posted 19/10/2014 at 15:00:00
I keep harping on about it but I would just love to see some of our very talented youngsters given a real chance to break through. Being an Everton player has become a handicap to progress through the ranks. Other clubs' young players are always perceived as far better so merit a place in our team. If that's the case, somebody should be asking what they are doing wrong at Finch Farm!
Paul Andrews
57 Posted 19/10/2014 at 15:26:01
Which of our younger players would you like to see starting the upcoming games, Phil?

In my opinion only Browning is anywhere near ready.

Michael Winstanley
58 Posted 19/10/2014 at 15:27:11
Phil. Who would come in and improve our starting eleven?
Phil Walling
59 Posted 19/10/2014 at 15:29:04
How the fuck would I know. Hardly anybody even gets a cameo. But if guys in their 20s are not up to it, the whole academy thing is no more than a social service!
Mark Frere
61 Posted 19/10/2014 at 15:51:50
Phil, what are you suggesting then? Lets not bother having an academy as its only a 'social service'. Look, if a young player is good enough, Martinez will play him. He's proved that with Stones and Barkley. To play for a top 8 club in the PL you have to have a special talent and sadly, most youngsters aren't good enough.

We've had plenty come through the academy in the past: Rooney, Osman, Hibbert, Rodwell, Barkley... and at present, Garbutt and Browning look about the best of the current crop. Both look very good players, but I think Garbutt will have to go on loan because he has Baines and Oviedo (both very good players) in front of him in the pecking order.

I don't see many other PL clubs churning out young players from their academies. It's very tough nowadays for young English players to make it at the top level.

Phil Walling
62 Posted 19/10/2014 at 16:46:14
They've certainly managed it at Southampton, though, haven't they? The academies attract all kinds of grants, awards and probably tax relief. They are not there to turn out players merely to 'serve the business'. If we closed the whole lark down, we'd only miss a good 'un once every decade... but, of course, all those so-called coaches would have to look for a proper job!
Michael Polley
63 Posted 23/10/2014 at 17:13:49
Saw him at our game at Newcastle last season.He torn their back four apart.Albeit he was selfish in not delivering the square ball at the right time,and tended to run out of pitch, but he was young and still learning the game.I would have back - no questions.

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