Martinez: Deulofeu Is Showing World Class Talent

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Roberto Martinez, has hailed his charge, Gerard Deulofeu for his determination to be a world class talent.

Deulofeu, who was once a Barcelona winger has one goal and six assists so far this season after playing 11 games.

Only three other players have assisted more goals than Deulofeu and Martinez has praised his efforts.

“With Gerard Deulofeu we all know the incredible world-class talent that he has,” Martinez said ahead of Saturday’s game with AFC Bournemouth.

“What is very impressive is his determination of becoming as good as he can be. When you have got that talent as well as that attitude and that focus, the result is what he has been producing on the pitch.

“There is a desire to become better and understand his role for the team without the ball and then he looks free, happy – he is a perfect fit. He looks around and sees the support of all the fans and there is a real chemistry and connection.

“So I am delighted with Gerard but it is still early days in his Everton full-time career. I want to be away from being extremist and saying now he is a complete football we when he was not four weeks ago.

“He is still a very young man, the type of judgement of how much can he achieve in the game and how good he can be needs to be done after 300 games in the first team.”

Martinez also feels that Deulofeu made a wise choice in re-joining the club, having failed to make the breakthrough at Barcelona and struggled to earn much game-time whilst on loan at Sevilla in 2014-15.

“He is growing and growing – clearly the best is yet to come,” he added.

“Gerard made a very conscious decision of wanting to join us and come back to Everton. He was not coming into the unknown – he knew exactly what he was coming back to.

“He was really positive, he just wanted to look forward. He was not in a stage for wanting to blame people for last season or look back, he wanted to learn from that period and understand what he could do better.

“The first day he got back at Goodison he had a big smile on his face and it felt right. He felt he was back home when he had the fans around him.

“With a player of his natural talent you need to have that sort of feeling and emotion in order to perform.”



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