Deulofeu on target again for Spain U21s

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Spain's Under-21s recorded a 1-0 victory over Norway this evening, with Everton's Gerard Deulofeu the scorer of the game's only goal.

The winger has barely featured for the Blues since the ill-fated Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City in January but his impressive form for his country continues.

Deulofeu drove unhindered from the centre circle with just the goalkeeper to beat once he reached the opposition penalty area where he lashed a fine finish high into the net.


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James Stewart
1 Posted 28/03/2016 at 22:05:00
Classy finish.
Andy Mack
2 Posted 28/03/2016 at 22:10:17
Nice and composed, I know Lennon has been in fine fettle, but it would be nice to see a bit more of Deulofeu, he's always going to create something.
Joe Duffin
3 Posted 28/03/2016 at 22:23:24
I wouldn't mind seeing more of him either though I think he doesn't work hard enough going back and still seems a bit petulant. Good finish though.
Ray Roche
4 Posted 28/03/2016 at 22:40:18
I'd like to see both of them.....
Anthony Dwyer
5 Posted 28/03/2016 at 22:49:08
Me too Ray Roche, one left, one right, isn't really rocket science.
Liam Reilly
6 Posted 28/03/2016 at 23:24:41
Another likely to leave as he's getting no game time. This boy should be starting; one bad game and we don't see him again.
Anthony Dwyer
7 Posted 28/03/2016 at 23:53:27
I'm a massive fan of Deulofeu, but we have to be honest, he should be dropped for not being fit enough.

In my opinion, he is best served as an impact sub until he can play for 90 minutes and not 60.

I'd love him to be fully match fit, in a side with Lennon and Ross all interchangeable in behind Rom.

Again has to get fitter though, and show a better attitude on the pitch; it does my head in when he's throwing his arms about like a disappointed school kid.

Sorry to end this post with another dig at Martinez, but it is his job to get all the lads match fit and disciplined.

Joe O'Brien
8 Posted 29/03/2016 at 00:08:48
What a player. Love to see him too but Lennon has probably been our most consistent player recently. How can you play both Deulofeu and Lennon? Both are natural right side players?

Only way is maybe bring Lennon a bit more into the center, but then what to do with Ross?

The squad is strong; I think he needs to bide his time and tear defences apart in the last 20 mins after coming on...

Ernie Baywood
9 Posted 29/03/2016 at 02:05:24
He's an amazing finisher on video... remember all those calmly slotted goals for Barca B that were all over YouTube? Would love to see him add that in the league.

I'm sure we'll see more of Deulofeu in the run in. Lennon is playing out of his skin at the moment but I've no doubt Geri is the better prospect. Kind of like when Lescott was keeping Baines out of the left-back position – it's just a matter of time.

David Barks
10 Posted 29/03/2016 at 03:47:02
Everton supporters' mentality kills me with players like this.

"Doesn't work hard enough defensively" – Something you will not hear being said about class attacking players at Man City, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

That Ronaldo and Bale are really known for their defensive ability and tackling aren't they? Same for Messi, Suarez and Neymar... I mean, how do Barcelona get by with those 3 on the pitch together at the same time?

Anto Byrne
11 Posted 29/03/2016 at 04:50:26
This kid has pace vision and lots of skill, could do a job in the middle alongside Barkley or become a full-on Number 10. Still only 21 and I can see him heading off to a Champions League club with Lukaku
Robin Cannon
12 Posted 29/03/2016 at 04:52:05
@David - Yes, they are. Pretty much all of those players (possible exception of Neymar) are known for adding supreme fitness and a willingness to work hard for their team even when they don't have the ball. It's one of the things that moves them from being naturally talented to being genuinely great players.
David Barks
13 Posted 29/03/2016 at 05:03:54
Sorry Robin, Ronaldo, Bale, & Suarez are not tracking a man back and defending all match.

Ronaldo didn't move from being naturally gifted to great by defending. He did it by being supremely gifted with the ball and scoring a ton of goals. Same for Bale, Suarez, Neymar, Zlatan, Aguero, and on and on.

In fact, their teams know they don't want those players always tracking back in defense because they are far more useful staying up the pitch to quickly turn defense into attack.

Ernie Baywood
14 Posted 29/03/2016 at 06:11:59
Robin, I started by googling Messi's workrate. It's incredibly low - comparable to goalkeepers in some games. He covers less ground than the rest of his team. Yet he runs 100 m in under 12 seconds on grass in football boots!

I wouldn't suggest he needs to add hard work to his repertoire so he can collect the ball at his own corner flag... knackered.

Colin Glassar
15 Posted 29/03/2016 at 08:04:42
David B, that's the problem with most English fans ie they value work rate, endeavour, passion etc.....over skill.

That's why many would prefer to see a 2-m tall lump of a centre-back who can kick the ball into Row Z over Stones, or a hard-working Lee Cattermole type player over Barkley, or a non-stop headless chicken like Andy Johnson over Lukaku. Why? "Because they put a shift in."

It's this attitude which has kept English football on a slow, downward spiral for 50 years. Give me skill over sweat any day of the week.

Brian Porter
16 Posted 29/03/2016 at 09:10:27
I blame Martinez (surprise, surprise) for not utilising Deulofeu's talents for the benefit of the team. Why he doesn't try starting with Lennon and Deulofeu on the wings, God only knows.

Then there's the matter of our manager and his substitutions (or lack thereof). If he's identified what most of us knew, that Geri isn't fit enough to last the full 90 minutes, why not use him as an impact sub for say, 30 mins, not to replace Lennon, but maybe in place of Cleverley or even Barkley if he's having a quiet game?

As someone has already said, if he's left to rot on the bench, it won't be long before he joins the ranks of players wanting to leave the club. Martinez needs to brush up on his man-management skills, if he had any in the first place.

Tony Abrahams
17 Posted 29/03/2016 at 09:21:17
David (#10, I think it's more to do with the way Geri just blows up. If we could get him running at the opposition for 75 mins, every game, I don't think anyone could have a problem with the kid.

How could they? Because when he's on form, he is as good as any attacking player in the whole of The Premier League. A bold statement I know, but in the first half at Man City (possibly his last start) Geri was the standout player on the pitch.

Aguero is class, likewise Silva, but in that first half, Gerard Deulofeu, was the calmest and classiest player on the pitch.

Give him a go off Lukaku, especially as Ant says, as an impact sub. Because once a game becomes stretched, this kid has the talent to cause absolute mayhem!

Ray Roche
18 Posted 29/03/2016 at 09:35:09
Barcelona saw Deulofeu's eventual position as the No 10 role, something he's (apparently) done in the Spanish Under-21s.

He, or Lennon, could also be tried on the left and endeavour to form a partnership with Baines. if they have to come inside to allow Baines to overlap then it makes no odds if they are right- or left-footed, they'd be playing the type of "wall pass" to get Baines to the bye-line. Or vice versa.

It would HAVE to be better than the square peg of Cleverley or Barkley being hammered into the round hole.

Ian Burns
19 Posted 29/03/2016 at 10:49:51
Geri for me, every time – on the left; on the right (Lennon on the left) or in the middle supporting Ross. He doesn't have to be a square peg in a round hole (Cleverley on the left?), he can fill any of those positions naturally.

Stones should be playing also, it is the coaching – be it fitness; awareness; decision-making – that is letting these talented boys down.

Neil Wood
20 Posted 29/03/2016 at 11:07:58
It's quite simple really. Deulofeu is the most potent threat we possess and not playing him is absolute insanity.

Like Colin says above... Give me skill and natural ability over a "grafter" every day of the week. Especially in the more advanced positions.

We have an absolute gem in Del Boy and not using him will inevitably lead to him feeling unwanted and wanting to prove himself elsewhere. Yes he's blowing out of his arse but he has the talent to glide past people and create so many chances. Just look at his assist stats.

Like when Rooney came through the ranks, the ability to lift bums from seats is something only a few players are capable of. Del is one.

Brian Furey
21 Posted 29/03/2016 at 12:42:47
Geri seems to have had this problem in his past 2 or 3 seasons where he has amazing skill and provides a great number of assists if you have a striker who can finish but he still has a lot to learn. Too often, he gives up or throws a strop when a defender tries to get a psychological edge on him.

I think Martinez knew his side were struggling defensively half-way through the season and in his wisdom has chosen Geri as his scapegoat, or at least chosen Lennon as a better defensive cover for Coleman. I too would like to see Geri get Ross's place a few times to see how he fairs.

Phil Smith
22 Posted 29/03/2016 at 13:46:36
Trouble for Deulofeu was that we started to get nervous and conceded late goals.

When you want to shore-up the defence in the last five, Geri isn't going to do that job but Aaron will. I'd prefer him starting and Lennon coming on at 60 mins if it's not happening. Better than the other way around.

I also think we could play him on the left. He's a class act.

Terence Leong
23 Posted 29/03/2016 at 14:15:40
We should try to play – as many of you have said so often here – BOTH Lennon and Deulofeu, one on each flank, and they can rotate between themselves.

Though, I do think Mirallas and Deulofeu on the flanks would be quite devastating. The unfortunate thing is that Mirallas is either out of favour/sorts/form at the moment.

While these wide players may not work hard enough, as long as your middle players can do that, it'll more than compensate. Or, instead of tracking back, our forward players are better off trying to press. That way, they are less likely to be on the backfoot tracking back, or get injured trying to tackle someone.

Pressing the opposition is about getting them to release the ball earlier than they want to, or have a chance to re-group. You may not win the ball back, but you can disrupt the opposition's rhythm.

Sam Hoare
24 Posted 29/03/2016 at 14:24:17
I would try Lennon on the left and Deulofeu on the right. Lennon works hard and can come inside leaving space for Baines to overlap. He could potentially become the new Pienaar, with pace!

Also, Deulofeu got a lot of his assists by bending in great balls for Lukaku to attack. His right peg is something of a magic wand on his day and being on the right lets him utilise it better, I think.

I still think that, on their day, this could be our best team:

Coleman, Stones, Funes Mori, Baines;
Besic, Barry;
Deulofeu, Barkley, Lennon;

No disrespect to Jagielka who is our most consistent defender but, when on form, Stones and Funes Mori should be a great pairing in theory.

Ray Smith
25 Posted 29/03/2016 at 15:20:23
I agree with most of the above. We have a very good talented squad. What we don't have is a team!

Why? Because we don't have a manager capable of moulding these talented players into a team!!

I've been out of the country for 10 days and return to find nothing (appears) to be happening. Perhaps I've missed something, but nothing seems to have changed?

Paul Conway
27 Posted 29/03/2016 at 16:04:05
Sam Hoare @ 24,

This is probably our best team at the moment. But, when you analyse it, Robles, Coleman, Baines, Besic, Barry, Deulofeu, Lennon... are these the type of players you would see in a Champions League team?

We are still short of personnel to reach the heights we want.

Trevor Lynes
28 Posted 29/03/2016 at 16:39:47
Let's go back when talking about work rate... Young and Vernon never tackled back although Vernon did in derby games.

Shearer, Owen, Fowler, Rush, Greaves, Charlton, Law, Latchford, Lineker, Cottee and dozens more never tackled back and the same goes for many of today's strikers.

We have ruined lots of strikers by turning them into work horses, eg, Bent, Johnson, Beckford etc. Now we actually have a 'real' striker and it looks like we will lose him. I can't see us replacing Lukaku!!

Anthony Hawkins
29 Posted 29/03/2016 at 16:40:42
Deulofeu should be one of the first names on the team sheet, along with Lukaku, Barkley, Stones, Funes Mori and Coleman.
Steavey Buckley
30 Posted 29/03/2016 at 17:14:44
Everton need to play more direct football to keep opponents on the back foot. Having midfielders playing on the left or the right sides only slows the play down.

A team of:


Funes Mori




– would be more direct, entertaining and score more goals.

Ray Roche
31 Posted 29/03/2016 at 17:25:35
Steavey, playing with wide men stretches teams, resulting in more space through the middle for our Ross (or whoever) to carry the ball at a central defensive pairing, and we all know how defenders don't like being run at. It also prevents opposition wing backs from over running OUR backs. Width is so important.
Anthony Dwyer
32 Posted 30/03/2016 at 00:08:11
Anyone picking an Everton team out of the current players that doesn't include Ross must be crazy.
Brian Wilkinson
33 Posted 30/03/2016 at 02:34:32
Lennon is playing well; if we play Deulofeu every week and he plays to his potential, Barcelona will look to take him back.

It's working better for us that we can utilise both him and Lennon and hopefully keep Barcelona from sniffing.

Rob Hooton
34 Posted 30/03/2016 at 07:42:38
We could always get rid of one of our defensive midfielders from the line-up (as they don't stop us from conceding goals... so what's the point?) and play Deulofeu and Barkley together behind Lukaku. It would be worth a try for an hour surely?
Tony Abrahams
35 Posted 30/03/2016 at 09:52:56
Anthony 32, why? The league season is over for Everton, and Barkley has played more than most. He's 21, will probably go to The Euros, and might benefit from a little recharge.

Ernie Baywood
36 Posted 31/03/2016 at 04:08:42
I'm going to hold judgement on the treatment of Deulofeu. There's every chance that his fitness suffered due to his training being a long term thing. Are we trying to bulk him up into the blonde Ronaldo?

Either way, he doesn't seem to be expressing any displeasure (though he always looks miserable).

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