Deulofeu back in the Premier League

Monday, 29 January, 2018 39comments  |  Jump to last
Gerard Deulofeu will run out to Z-Cars again this season, just not in the Royal Blue of Everton. Barcelona have agreed to loan the winger to Watford for the rest of the season.

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Keith Dempsey
1 Posted 29/01/2018 at 21:52:07
Another example of a player who looked to be a star in the making but flattered to deceive. At least he never cost us money; in fact, I think we sold at a profit.
Brian Williams
2 Posted 29/01/2018 at 21:55:31
Don't know how this has come about as part of the deal for his return to Barca was that he had to be part of the first team squad for a season!
Jay Woods

3 Posted 29/01/2018 at 21:56:30
He has the stamina of an asthmatic walrus trying to make an ascent of Everest without oxygen.
Lee Jackson
4 Posted 29/01/2018 at 21:58:30
Brian, I reckon we were happy to see him go back (and make a profit) and the deal was possibly restructured/ripped up as a result? Just speculation but plausible.
Laurie Hartley
5 Posted 29/01/2018 at 22:00:29
He plays on the right wing – just saying like.
Brian Williams
6 Posted 29/01/2018 at 22:04:58
Maybe so, Lee. It would make sense.
Lee Jackson
7 Posted 29/01/2018 at 22:11:55
He 'Plays' on the right wing, Laurie? – yeah, for the 5 mins every 100 he could be arsed or wasn't blowing out of his arse.
Paul A Smith
8 Posted 29/01/2018 at 22:46:06
Even blowing out of his arse and playing as dreadful as they say, he still created more goals than everyone else we had.
Don Alexander
9 Posted 29/01/2018 at 22:53:10
And that encapsulates the problem we have, Paul (#8).

He's 23 and played little, in every way, for a number of first teams now, and his junior international record is therefore pretty irrelevant. We need to be signing way better than him, now.

Ashley Roberts
10 Posted 30/01/2018 at 01:47:56
I see West Brom have just signed Sturridge on loan and Watford Deulofeu. Sturridge is a proven goal scorer. I know Sturridge comes from the red shite but so did Morrisey and Sheedy and look what a success they were. Just hope our Turkish import lives up to expectations. Sturridge while injury prone is quality and an International player.

As for Deulofeu we should never have let him leave. I am not sure what is going on in regards to the players we are bringing in. Other than Pickford, and dare I say Gana and Lookman, the rest have been average to say the least! I think Sturridge is one we have definitely missed the boat on.

Bill Gienapp
11 Posted 30/01/2018 at 03:18:17
Well, so much for him going on to bigger and better things. I still love the guy's potential, but seriously question whether he's ever going to realize it at this point.
Peter Lee
12 Posted 30/01/2018 at 05:57:53
Enormously talented. Great, early delivery (if Barkley had his awareness, he really would be a world-beater). Unfortunately, never one to die for the cause, or put a 90-minute shift in.

I got battered by some for describing him as a show-pony. If he had Lennon's attitude, he'd be a world-beater. Says it all that nobody in Spain wants him on loan.

Mike Gaynes
13 Posted 30/01/2018 at 06:42:29
Show pony is right, Peter. Actually, show puppy is closer to right.

Barca brought Geri back, handed him a shirt and a starting job, and said, "OK, kid, show us." And he did.

17 games, 2 goals, 2 assists. Played the full 90 exactly ONCE, at the end of November, and he sucked so badly that day that they banished him right then. Up in the stands, kid. He has made one appearance in the last two months... for nine minutes.

The only reason they've loaned him to Watford is that they couldn't find any takers in Serie A to buy him. At any price.

Ajay Gopal
14 Posted 30/01/2018 at 07:29:17
A player with so much potential, but unfortunately flattered to deceive. I have two memories of him - one good and the other bad:

● The late equaliser against Arsenal. I have looked at the replays of the goal many times and I still am in awe of the power and placement of his strike past Petr Cech.

● We were leading 1-0 against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and the referee gave 6 minutes of added time. In the 96th minute, the ball was played out from defence to Deulofeu near the centre line. All he had to do was take the ball to the touchline and let the clock tick down. But he tried to go for glory and promptly gave away the ball to a Chelsea player who punted upfield and the cross came in to Terry (in an offside position) to tap in a gut wrenching equaliser.

I think that last incident made him a pariah in Martinez's eyes.

Rob Dolby
15 Posted 30/01/2018 at 08:04:14
It will be interesting to see where Watford play him. I always thought he would be better playing down the middle rather than on the wing. No doubt the lad has quality but lacked desire and stamina.
Liam Reilly
16 Posted 30/01/2018 at 08:30:55
I think the deal with Barca said that they couldn't sell him for at least a year; nothing to prevent another loan.

I wasn't following closely but didn't he do okay at Milan last year which ultimately made Barca activate the transfer buyback clause?

He's a point to prove now; it will be interesting to see how fit he is.

Dave Pritchard
17 Posted 30/01/2018 at 09:55:07
See Deulofeu has gone to Watford - on loan of course. No doubt he will produce the odd flash of brilliance along with a shed load of mediocrity. He'd fit back in here perfectly!
John Wilson
18 Posted 30/01/2018 at 10:46:21
Director of Football – EFC should not panic buy.

I have been following this Sturridge deal... How can a lower team than us, ie, West Brom, get a proven, good Premier League player like Sturridge out on loan and we pay for an unknown quantity who scored a few goals in the Champions League.

John Raftery
19 Posted 30/01/2018 at 11:40:14
Ajay (#14) I must correct you. The referee added 7 minutes. In every other detail you are spot on. If I had been on the pitch, I would have been sorely tempted to thump him.

I noticed last season Deulofeu seemingly lost the ability or confidence to shoot despite often finding himself in good positions inside the penalty area. He was an infuriating player who constantly needed someone on his case such as an Alan Ball or a Peter Reid. Of course we had no-one of that ilk or anywhere near it.

I expect he will flatter to deceive at Watford before being jettisoned at the end of the season.

Frank Wade
20 Posted 30/01/2018 at 12:54:35
John (#17), I agree he is a class player but how may matches do you reckon Sturridge will play for West Brom, before he is injured again? Too big a risk. It's obvious Liverpool think the same or they would have kept him.

I could never make up my mind about Deulofeu. Was he lazy or was his body just not up to the level necessary for training for and playing in the Premier League. Same with Sturridge, has the ability but sadly for him, his body cannot take the stress of the Premier League without breaking down.

Keith Dempsey
21 Posted 30/01/2018 at 12:55:28
Sorry, John (#18), but I think the game you are talking about was the game where we were 2-0 up; they came back to make it 2-2... Funes Mori put us 3-2 up late on, and then John Terry stepped up.
Lenny Kingman
22 Posted 30/01/2018 at 13:39:16
The Z-Cars run out must be a unique thing. Can't think of any Hornets coming here or Blues going there (as if).

Oh, hang on – Mo Johnson maybe... but he would have come here from them, I would say.

Stephen Jones
23 Posted 30/01/2018 at 13:39:33
Skilled player with the ball but all other aspects of his game missing. he couldn't hack the physicality of the pro game.

The worst thing about him was how he threw himself on the floor crying like a baby as soon as anyone touched him.

Dave Abrahams
24 Posted 30/01/2018 at 14:18:55
Lenny (#21) – Tom Cleverley.
Tony Abrahams
25 Posted 30/01/2018 at 14:53:26
Such talent, enough to make him loads of money, but so little of everything else?
Brent Stephens
26 Posted 30/01/2018 at 15:52:30
I can't think of anybody as unfit as this guy ("except you dear", said my wife, reading over my shoulder).

Was he a lazy trainer or is there something physiologically a problem?

Tom Bowers
27 Posted 30/01/2018 at 17:43:36
Yet another very skilful player who just didn't cut the mustard at Goodison. He obviously wasn't rated too highly by Barca or Sevilla either and has gone the way of so many of this type of player.

There is too much at stake in the top leagues of soccer these days to persist with players who are so inconsistent... and Ross Barkley comes into this category also.

Jason Broome
28 Posted 30/01/2018 at 19:14:30
He'll do well at Watford.

Personally I would have him back. The only criticism was his fitness which should have been targeted as he has all the gifts. At his worst he is still better than what we currently have (Lookman aside).

I miss his creativity, which we badly need right now. Good luck to the lad.

Tim Greeley
29 Posted 30/01/2018 at 21:54:02
FWIW - as relates that Chelsea match that DelBoy had a key hand in ruining - Keith Dempsey is right at #21. The score was 3-2, Funes Mori had just scored a crazy leaping left footed goal (perhaps off of a pass from Delboy...!?) to give us the lead in the 90th minute or so.

Ref added "Play til Chelsea scores" minutes for extra time to ensure that Everton would not get a win at Chelsea for the first time in for-freaking-ever and, lo and behold, all of the stuff Ajay described happened – John Terry offside in the 29th minute of extra time to tie it up.

He jumps into the crowd (which is what Funes Mori did to earn their ad-infinitum of extra time) yet the ref immediately blows to end the game. GAHHH!!!!

I reference that one in the Live Forum every time we play Chelsea.

Anthony Dwyer
30 Posted 31/01/2018 at 00:38:03
Kind if wish he was given a chance in a Number 10 roll, but he's flopped at a fair few sides now so.
Lee Courtliff
31 Posted 06/02/2018 at 15:59:48
MotM last night, a goal and played near enough the full 90 minutes!!

However, we don't need players like him as we are already an attractive, successful side with some of the best sideways passing you could wish to see!!

Colin Glassar
32 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:13:51
The damage Koeman has done, if not terminal, will take years to fix. Ross and Del, disliked by the “get stuck in” crowd but hugely talented are now lost forever while we are stuck with cart horses like Williams or hardworking players like McCarthy and Gana.
Iain Johnston
33 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:26:04
It wouldn't have mattered where we played him and how many goals he scored or created.

We HAD to sell him back to Barca it was the deal Martinez made.

Michael Lynch
34 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:27:19
The usual revisionism going on here – he contributed very little in his time at Everton, just the odd flash of genius.

Now he might go on to be the new Messi but, based on what he did for us, it was perfectly reasonable to let him go.

Colin Glassar
35 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:33:34
Hard to see what the likes of Del, Vlasic, Lookman etc...can “do” if they aren’t given a chance. But in today’s must-win-at-all-costs, sky driven football there will be fewer and fewer chances to develop young players.
John Hughes
36 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:36:04
Lenny (22) Stephen Hughes (Everton to Watford)
Michael Lynch
37 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:38:28
Vlasic, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin, Kenny, Holgate, Davies, Baningime – all given a chance in our Premier League first team this season, all 20 or under. I think we're one of the best clubs for giving the youngsters a run.

Colin Glassar
38 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:48:12
It’s not just about games Michael, and I’m not doubting the fact that some youngsters have been thrown in at the deep end due to injuries, I’m talking about developing and nurturing talent. Showing patience, putting an arm around them, giving them the confidence to express themselves even when they make mistakes.

In this age of 24/7 televised football where every mistake is analysed a million times by pundits it’s these young, talented players that are suffering the most. Clubs need to stay in the top flight at any cost so it’s these players who are the first to be sacrificed.

Dermot Byrne
39 Posted 06/02/2018 at 16:58:47
Agree with second para Colin #38. I also think it makes us fans less forgiving.

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