Following the Blues: Gerard Deulofeu, He’s Magic, You Know
Our blues blogger Tim is back and this time his focus lies on Gerard Deulofeu…
Well actually the ex-Barcelona man is no Harry Potter, but he is a wizard with the ball I find watching some of the things he does with a football mesmerizing from stopovers to drag backs and everything in-between the little Spaniard has the lot.
He showed this last Sunday when he was a main factor in Everton’s convincing win against Sunderland and he managed to open the scoring with a well taken goal from an Arouna Kone through ball. Deulofeu was not finished there as he set up numerous teammates including what I could only describe as an act of witchcraft as the curve he got on the ball and the fact it was basically played right to Romelu Lukaku despite being surrounded by Sunderland defenders.
As he was being substituted late on in the second half he received what every player dreams of when he got a standing ovation from the Goodison Park crowd, he thoroughly deserved every bit of applause he received. You seem to get the feeling that he feels at home at Everton as after his first spell on loan was a mixture of good and average performances the fans saw what potential he had and took the Spaniard under their wing.
The fairy-tale looked to have a happy ending as the rumours coming from Liverpool were that Barcelona were more than happy for him to stay at Everton, but there was a nasty twist when for the 2014-15 season he joined Sevilla but despite this he kept a close eye on the blues results this is a great example of what the late great Alan Ball said and that was “Once Everton has touched you nothing will be the same.”
It was clear to see that Everton missed the magician that cast a spell on the Premier League and in the summer of 2015 the magic man returned, but unlike his last stint in blue this time it was permanent. So far this season he has been a key player coming off the bench and rescuing Everton most notably in the Capital One Cup when he came off the bench and caused havoc.
Sundays Game was against a very weak Sunderland who must be favourites to go down but this Saturday proves the real test when the blues take on West Ham at Upton Park. Note I did not use the term battle simply to avoid the obvious Green street West Ham connection.
With Deulofeu looking sharp and with Everton being West Ham’s bogey team I hate saying this but I can’t see past an Everton win…… I will regret saying this come Sunday morning.
Anyway onwards and upwards
Up the Toffs
By Tim Lloyd