Barcelona-owned Gerard Deulofeu was ‘very happy’ at Everton

Barcelona-owned youngster Gerard Deulofeu looks back on his time at Everton with fondness.

Gerard Deulofeu may have failed to make a huge impact in the Premier League last season, but the attacker has fond memories of his time at Everton.

The 20-year-old joined the Toffees on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona in the summer of 2013 and was expected to showcase his skills in England.

Rated as a promising young player, Deulofeu failed to meet those lofty expectations. The Spain international was not helped by injuries last season, but his overall performance left much to be desired.

Deulofeu scored just three goals in 25 Premier League appearances in the 2013-14 campaign, while creating nine chances and having a pass accuracy of 78%. His shot accuracy was 78% as well.

However, the youngster has good memories of his time at Everton and is quoted by Football Espana as telling Marca: 'There weren’t many difficult moments. It’s true that sometimes you feel a bit down because you go for weeks without seeing the sun, but then what happens at a weekend compensates for that.

'The atmosphere of football in England is intense. There’s so much passion. I was very happy at Everton. I’d bring the fans to La Liga. If we in Spain had fans like in England, it would be the best League without doubt'.

Deulofeu was expected to be part of Barcelona’s first team this season, but in mid-August he was farmed out on loan to La Liga rivals Sevilla for the 2014-15 campaign.

The Spaniard’s performance in Seville has not been great so far, as he has scored just one goal and has created three chances in four league appearances, but he has the talent to have a successful season and return to Barcelona a better and much improved player next summer.

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