Who has signed the better wonderkid? Liverpool or Everton?

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Liverpool and Everton have both brought in talented Spanish forward players this summer, but who will have the bigger impact?

Liverpool signed Luis Alberto while Everton managed to tie down the highly coveted Gerard Deulofeu on a season long loan deal, one of the most sought after Barcelona players of the summer.

The impact they will both have at their clubs will be fascinating to watch because they have been brought in for very similar roles, each holding unique advantages when compared to the other.

Starting with Luis Alberto, it’s reasonable to think that he’s going to have a bigger impact because he has a higher amount of first team experience at the top level.

Despite only playing for Barcelona in the B team last season, he appeared for Sevilla in La Liga in the two seasons before that so he has some idea of what the pressure and expectation at the highest level is all about.

He also goes into the Liverpool side on the back of some superb form in that Barcelona B team with 11 goals in 38 games, making an astounding 18 assists.

So it’s clear he knows how to score and create goals under pressure and in a side which is predominantly based around smaller and younger players who like to pass the ball around, similarly to what he’ll experience at Anfield.

The reason you could argue Everton have signed the better player comes with Deulofeu's exploits with the Spanish youth teams, winning the Golden Ball as he led Spain to win the under-19 European Championship last summer, also scoring at this year's under-20 World Cup, while Alberto did not make the squad.

He may not have as much La Liga experience as Luis Alberto but he’s certainly no stranger to the high pressure which comes with football at the highest level because he’s appeared in the Champions League.

He also has a better goalscoring record based on last season which saw him net 18 goals from 20 starts and five sub appearances in that Barcelona B team.

He should get the chance to try and replicate that form at Everton because his position in Roberto Martinez’s team is not under threat if he can show a little consistency at the start of the season.

Alberto looks like the more versatile of the two because he can play attacking midfield positions as well as holding a role up front whereas Deulofeu seems to be predominantly a striker.

There is very little to choose between the two of them and both sides will be very happy with the players they’ve brought in but Deulofeu probably just has the edge because he should be under slightly less pressure at Everton and he’s guaranteed games.

Who do you think has signed the better player?

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