The Spanish winger, on loan from Everton until the end of the season, responded to coach Vincenzo Montella's challenge to produce more on the pitch by weighing in with the crucial assist in a 1-0 win.
That was after Gabriel Paletta and Juraj Kucka had been sent off, leaving Milan to try and salvage a point with a two-man disadvantage. They went one better, however, with Deulofeu admitting that he had never seen a game like it.
“[It was] an incredible night," told Sky Sport Italia and Mediaset Premium. "These are three points of astonishing importance and we are very happy.”
“These three points feel like they are worth six. In fact, let's say they are worth 10! I've never seen a game like this, with nine against 11.
“I ran to the by-line and I saw Pasalic there. I don't do easy things, I try to do the difficult things and when I saw him there, I had to try.
“Day by day, game by game, this Milan of young players with this hunger and character can go far.”
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1 Posted 08/02/2017 at 22:25:39
2 Posted 08/02/2017 at 00:03:21
It seems Koeman and Walsh put a lot of onus on play off the ball so that's going to count against Deulofeu. He's not the fittest and he definitely not a grafter. He's got incredible natural ability though, still young and could still make one great impact sub next season.
I hope he comes back in the summer, but I get the feeling Koeman will be happy to take the money.
3 Posted 09/02/2017 at 00:20:58
4 Posted 09/02/2017 at 03:29:30
5 Posted 09/02/2017 at 03:42:23
6 Posted 09/02/2017 at 05:16:10
7 Posted 09/02/2017 at 05:26:21
8 Posted 09/02/2017 at 06:31:33
Him & Bolasie on either flank next season will be good viewing!
Lennon will surely leave, can't see Valencia signing permanently and with only Mirallas as a viable alternative, Geri might still have a place under Koeman (unleash him in European games)
But there's every chance he'll be gone and Moshiri will (should) go out and get a big name or 2 in to push for top 4 (Mahrez/Yarmalenko?)
9 Posted 09/02/2017 at 08:52:27
10 Posted 09/02/2017 at 11:05:11
11 Posted 09/02/2017 at 11:11:50
12 Posted 09/02/2017 at 12:52:03
13 Posted 09/02/2017 at 13:23:19
Get as much money as we can for him as he will not be motivated for us warming the bench every week.
14 Posted 09/02/2017 at 14:25:36
I like Deulofeu, but he doesn't produce it often enough. With Barkley enjoying more time on the ball slightly wider and looking at home as an inside-forward we have no need for Deulofeu, and if he does well there he will be sold for a few quid and allow us to go after a better player. If Swansea go down I'd take Sigurdsson and even Routledge over Deulofeu more end product.
15 Posted 09/02/2017 at 17:03:45
Geri is very likeable, skillful but is too inconsistent even in the same game.
He could never apply himself for 90 minutes and therefore becomes a crowdpleaser rather than a gamewinner.
16 Posted 09/02/2017 at 18:03:59
Saleh, Schevchenko, Cuadrado, Campos, Markovic etc all good players who just couldn't cut it here.
17 Posted 09/02/2017 at 18:30:55
18 Posted 10/02/2017 at 02:29:17
19 Posted 10/02/2017 at 02:35:59
20 Posted 10/02/2017 at 03:52:10
Everton I feel are finally turning things around after a pretty dreadful run of form before Christmas which saw us drop so many valuable points and so, if we do push on and get one of those European places, I do feel Geri would be a valuable member of the squad.
I say let him gain the experience of the Italian league which can only improve his game and then get him back for next season.
Lukaku, who has been discussed to death over the last few days, is not the most consistent of players and I guess that's why he divides opinion so strongly in fact our most important game of 2016 was the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and he had a shocker, it was only when Deulofeu came on that we started to compete and it was his cross that got deflected into the net.
I am a big fan and he can only add to the quality of the squad next season. Let's keep him and work on his game; he is still young and I feel that somewhere down the line we would regret letting Geri go.
21 Posted 10/02/2017 at 12:50:55
22 Posted 10/02/2017 at 14:58:49
Think of how many wingers you know that are consistently good. The better ones make up for this by at least working hard for the team and closing down and pressing. Geri isn't prepared to do that and so that is why he only plays the odd time as a sub.
He's not willing to play that role for us but nearly every time he's moved to a new club, he does well at the start and gets good game time but then bit by bit he becomes a 2nd half sub most of the time.
The other YouTube videos there show both the good and the bad side of him. Some of his crosses in are woeful and don't beat the first man whereas others are excellent.
They seem to be playing him in the left wing, yet he is mainly right-footed.
23 Posted 10/02/2017 at 15:26:27
24 Posted 10/02/2017 at 18:04:54
25 Posted 12/02/2017 at 00:23:04