The new Everton manager Roberto Martinez knows the Spanish market very well, naturally, and has pulled off quite a coup in luring Gerard Deulofeu from the fringes of the Barcelona side on a season-long loan.
This week, when talking to the Liverpool Echo, Martinez could not disguise his delight at capturing Deulofeu:
To say that Gerard is a talented boy is an understatement. He’s got incredible potential, that really raw talent that any fan wants to watch.
We need to be a little bit patient because Gerard needs to adapt to a different way of playing, in a league with a different physicality, but that was always the plan; to give Gerard a steady introduction.
Slowly you’re going to see a player that’s going to develop, grow and give us some incredible memories at Everton, I’m sure.
The 19-year-old is a naturally attacking player still searching for a defined role, but he can play across midfield, on the wing and up front. Last season he scored 18 goals for Barcelona B.
The Spaniard could give Everton the creativity and goals from midfield they would need if Marouane Felliani leaves Goodison Park in the next two weeks.
Impact this season: 7/10