The 20-year-old attacker has completed a loan move to Sevilla where Barcelona boss Luis Enrique hopes one of the Catalans’ finest prospects can flourish this term in La Liga. However, the Barcelona manager didn’t stop there, instead taking the opportunity to criticize Everton over their use of the youngster last season in the Premier League.
“Gerard Deulofeu was wasted last year. They tried to kill his flair and vision. That won't happen at Seville,” Enrique told Marca.
Gerard Deulofeu scored three goals and made three assists in the Premier League last season in 23 appearances as well as one goal in four appearances in domestic cup competitions. However, of his 29 appearances in total for the Blues, Roberto Martinez started the youngster just nine times. However, it's hard to imagine another top five (or six or seven) clubs in the English top tier offering him that.
Everton played Deulofeu in exactly 60.5 per cent of their Premier League games last term and he was training under one of the finest coaches, a Spaniard no less, in arguably the most competitive league and demanding league in the world - so it is hard to agree that he was 'wasted' last season.
Regardless of Luis Enrique’s comments, I suspect Gerard Deulofeu will have expressed his thanks to Roberto Martinez and Everton where, if nothing else, he gained experience that will have been character building.