Deulofeu on fire for Spain U21s

12/11/2015  43 Comments  [Jump to last]
Gerard Deulofeu scored a hat-trick and weighed in with two assists as Spain Under-21s beat Georgia 5-0 today.

The Everton star has been in increasingly influential form for the Blues this season but has been outstanding for his country's U21s lately.

Deulofeu captained his country's side today in the Euro2017 qualifier but elsewhere in the same competition Brendan Galloway was forced to wait longer for his England U21 debut. He was sidelined by a muscle injury and remains a doubt for the next match on Monday.

Meanwhile, Ryan Ledson was on the scoresheet for England U19s in their 2-2 draw with the Netherlands.


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Paul Hewitt
1 Posted 12/11/2015 at 22:05:42
He can't be far off a full international cap.
Ian McDowell
2 Posted 12/11/2015 at 22:27:46
This should do wonders for his ever increasing confidence. Definitely a star in the making.
Armando Canaj
3 Posted 12/11/2015 at 22:43:07
Superb. Another great buy... Credit to RM, BK and EFC. Just need Ross and Kevin to kick on...

Villa, Norwich and Bournmouth next... Bring it on...

Jack Plant
4 Posted 12/11/2015 at 22:47:59
Is anyone else starting to worry he's going to be so good Barca want him back? Perhaps we should play him at left back for the second half of the season...
Bob Hannigan
5 Posted 12/11/2015 at 22:52:55
DelBoy, great job, the only other comment is stop diving in the box. You're above that!
Fran Mitchell
6 Posted 12/11/2015 at 22:53:10
This lad has got 'it'.

There are 2 types of top quality youngsters, those who definitely have talent, play to a high standard yet have relatively 'moderate' stats. Then there are players who = goals. This lad is of the latter category. If he plays well, the team scores. He may go missing, and he he doesn't play well he will get stick, which is something those of the former category are usually free from.

But this lad = goals, and not since Kanchelskis have we had a player of this category.

Even when he was poor and then dropped for Sevilla last year he got 10+ assists.

If we get some cash, I'd say buying out this lad's 'buy-back' clause should be a priority. He'll be a 40 million pound player in 2 years.

Andrew James
7 Posted 12/11/2015 at 23:40:41
Funny how his renaissance is since he returned to us. I think he likes playing again and won't return to La Liga any time soon.

David Hallwood
8 Posted 12/11/2015 at 23:42:03
Rapidly becoming the first name on the team material, what is it so far? Five assists and a goal.
Andrew Presly
9 Posted 12/11/2015 at 23:55:48
Geri did get a full cap just before the last World Cup so Del Bosque must see something in him, like we do. Outside chance of a squad place for the Euros?

One of the benefits of being on the Premier League gravy train is possessing and hopefully being able to retain elite young talents like him and Lukaku. Along with Barkley and Stones that's surely 4 of around the top 20 young players in Europe we've got playing for us?

The year the PL formed our young players were, with all due respect to them especially the former, the likes of David Unsworth, Stuart Barlow and Jon O'Connor.

Diving aside I feel proud to have a player like Deulofeu representing Everton.

Harold Matthews
10 Posted 13/11/2015 at 01:13:24
A hat-trick and two assists. Holy smoke. What a player. Still only 21, this lad is the business. I've never known anyone so enthusiastic about the game. Loves playing for Everton but looks perplexed when we fail to win.

He has obviously worked very hard on the training ground, has listened to the coaches, upped his workrate and added quite a bit to his repertoire. A good signing indeed.

Michael Williams
11 Posted 13/11/2015 at 01:56:51
RM fought to keep Stones and Coleman here. It's clear he'll fight for Lukaku as long as he can so I have no doubt he'll fight to keep Gerri here. After all, the only reason he came back is because of the manager... and the fans.

However when Barca has buy-back and they come calling, you never know. Hopefully he's done with their loans and lack of playing time and we can keep him without breaking the bank.

Fran Mitchell
12 Posted 13/11/2015 at 02:49:58
Deulofeu: £4.2 million.

Lallana and Markovic a combined: £40 million.

Aaron Underwood
13 Posted 13/11/2015 at 03:32:23
I'm thinking Barca didn't miss a trick with that buy-back clause, did they. They'll get him back for £8 mill in two years when he's worth £25 mill.
Gordon Crawford
14 Posted 13/11/2015 at 03:50:54
Why can't he take our set pieces? That free kick was that good, the keeper didn't even move. The kid is something very special.
Phil Sammon
15 Posted 13/11/2015 at 06:32:34
Well he had a fabulous game and grabbed a hat-trick...but, for the record, he didn't get any assists.
Sam Hoare
16 Posted 13/11/2015 at 07:15:21
Jack@5, yes. We could do with him not shining quite so brightly for a year or two while the buy-back option runs down!
Darren Hind
17 Posted 13/11/2015 at 07:31:13
Knew the guy was brilliant (we all did) but the level of consistency he is finding is, for me at least, completely unexpected.

Anyone got the details of this buy-back option?

Thomas Surgenor
18 Posted 13/11/2015 at 07:52:24
What I'd be interested in knowing is, does Deulofeu have to accept the buy-back?

I know Everton have to accept the offer from Barcelona but what if he wants to stay here? I know he is a Catalan and loves Barcelona... But maybe he has seen that the grass isn't always greener on the other side and that we are a good fit for him.

Jon Withey
19 Posted 13/11/2015 at 08:26:54
I was made up when we signed him in the summer. Not everything he tries comes off but he can be a match winner.

There's no room for him at Barca right now – in a couple of years maybe.

Talking of Barca, interesting that Pique chose John Stones in his dream 11 – I wonder if that might be a more likely destination than Chelsea one day.

Now if we could find somebody for the left wing!

Phil Sammon
20 Posted 13/11/2015 at 08:31:30
Thomas (#16),

No, it's up to the lad if he wants to leave. Hard to imagine him resisting though, sadly.

Oliver Molloy
21 Posted 13/11/2015 at 08:39:12
If Barcelona wanted him back, he would be gone in a flash.
Sam Hoare
22 Posted 13/11/2015 at 09:12:34
Yep, He's a Barcelona fan. I fear he'll be back there in two years time if he keeps playing this well. Still, we will have enjoyed his time here and having such an arrangement with arguably the greatest conveyor belt of football talent in the world is no bad thing...
Ged Simpson
23 Posted 13/11/2015 at 09:16:21
Harold Matthews
24 Posted 13/11/2015 at 09:53:21
Yes, a snap shot with his right foot, a dribble and left foot shot into the bottom corner and finally, a twisting up and over Ronaldo style freekick. Wonderful.
Tony Waring
25 Posted 13/11/2015 at 09:55:41
Where can we see it? I've checked Youtube without success.
Brian Harrison
26 Posted 13/11/2015 at 10:23:06
Yes, I just watched his goals, seems like he is now playing with a lot of confidence. This boy has got the lot, he can dribble and shoot and has great vision. I would just say that the opposition wasn't great but he couldn't have done anymore than he did.
Michael Polley
27 Posted 13/11/2015 at 10:41:52
Great stuff. The kid has got confidence, and poses a great attacking threat for us. When he gets the ball you know something is going to happen.
Anthony Dwyer
28 Posted 13/11/2015 at 11:13:30
Dave Abrahams
29 Posted 13/11/2015 at 12:11:39
What position did he play last night?
Rennie Smith
30 Posted 13/11/2015 at 12:24:19
Still got a lot to learn but a quality player. Hopefully he'll carry this high against the Villa. We should be proud of the young talent we have at our disposal.
Kevin Elliott
31 Posted 13/11/2015 at 13:14:36
I love Delboy. Loved him the first time around and he's better now than he was then.

He gets you on the edge of your seat when he's on the ball.

Edward McBride
32 Posted 13/11/2015 at 13:21:25
Tony (#23), you can see it in Everton Republic on Facebook. You will have to join the group.
Trevor Lynes
33 Posted 13/11/2015 at 13:57:39
We have really good youngsters in Deulofeu, Stones, Galloway, Barkley, Garbutt, Lukaku and McCarthy but we still need that experienced play maker to knit them all together. A top form younger Pienaar or even Arteta would have loved to play with them. Unfortunately we do not have a clever player to get the best out of them. Players like Deulofeu, Lukaku and Mirallas will have form dips as they are the direct type of player who need ammunition.

Fans on here sometimes frustrate me with seemingly just wanting hard working types (Drones) who run all over the place but never score. For the first time in ages we now have some players who other clubs want to buy for decent money.

In January I want us to pay for a top playmaker and a young, confident, big goalkeeper who can command his 6 yard box. The defenders in front of him will gain confidence and the same can be said of our front men if they have a player to knit the side together and make us a threat from all over the pitch. This will take pressure off Lukaku and this lad will blossom.

Paul Cherrington
34 Posted 13/11/2015 at 14:05:23
He has got to play for us every week now, where possible. No messing about, Roberto!

Even if he does nothing all game, he has to be on so he can have that 30 seconds of genius that will win the match.

Chris Corn
35 Posted 13/11/2015 at 14:22:13
And Martinez is shit in the transfer market as well.. Apparently
Peter Cummings
36 Posted 13/11/2015 at 14:31:27
I never doubted his ability to become a class act, a player of supreme skill on the way to becoming a future Ronaldo or Messi if his star continues to rise.

Unfortunately he will he will now be a 'marked man' and targeted as a result by the bully boys in the game which will not be in his best interests if every time they hit him he is accused of diving. Only time will tell...

Brian Cleveland
37 Posted 13/11/2015 at 14:41:04
Could have done better... should have scored in the one-on-one with the keeper.... drop him.
Harold Matthews
38 Posted 13/11/2015 at 15:01:42
Tony. Deulofeu Spain U21s You tube.
James Flynn
39 Posted 13/11/2015 at 16:48:44
Re Delboy's signing:

"As per the official Everton website, a buy-back clause is included in the contract and can be activated if Barcelona meet 'certain requirements'. The numbers of those requirements have yet to be made official. The buy-back clause is only active for the first two seasons of Deulofeu's contract. Barcelona also have a right of first refusal if Everton decide to sell the player."

Don't know what "requirements" means. Cash? Anyone found something else?

Factors regarding this kid:

1. Does he actually keep developing?

2. Barcelona can sign any attacking talent. They don't really NEED to bring Delboy back

3. Given that Evertonians are the only big-club supporters to openly support him, will he want to go back?

4. He might want to go back...

5. He might not want to go back, which presents another "requirement" for Barca to deal with (in addition to 2 above).

5. Will Roberto allow an all-out attacking system that lets the youngster best express himself?

Lot of "ifs"... But I could see him staying.

John Raftery
40 Posted 13/11/2015 at 17:38:23
Geri should certainly be given a chance to take free kicks in the Premier League. If my memory is correct, we have only scored from one set piece all season and that was his free kick in the League Cup match at Reading.

Ross seems to have taken lead responsibility for free kicks but he usually fails to hit the target. Even before his injury Baines seemed to have lost the knack: his last goals from free kicks were at West Ham in September 2013.

Paul Jeronovich
41 Posted 13/11/2015 at 20:01:00
Enrique doesn't rate him and he never got a look in. He's found his home with us. He knows the fans love him so not worried who comes calling; I genuinely think he's found a good match in Everton. Keep it up lad!!!
Des Farren
42 Posted 14/11/2015 at 15:10:36
Chris @34... too true.

Does anyone seriously think that a player of his ability would have landed at Everton without the influence of Martinez?

Dave Roberts
43 Posted 15/11/2015 at 15:11:09
What a player! I've just watched the highlights of the game and his pace and vision are exceptional. His passing into the box is unbeatable.

I believe Barca knew exactly what they were doing insisting on the buy-back clause. Instead of a potentially problematic loan deal to somebody, they sell him to a club he wants to be at on the cheap; then, when (or if) he fully develops, they buy him back on the cheap.

Well done Barca, very clever!

I suppose there's always a chance he could turn them down if they come calling? (Fat chance eh!?)

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