Barcelona’s Gerard Deulofeu is growing tired of going out on loan.
The young Spanish winger spent the 2013/14 season on loan with the Toffees, making 25 appearances in all competitions and building up a rapport with the Goodison Park faithful.
After helping the Toffees achieve their greatest ever Premier League points tally, fans on Merseyside were sad to see him depart and boss Roberto Martinez would certainly have liked to extend his stay.
Barcelona were keen to promote him to the first-team squad for this season, yet Deulofeu has once again spent the majority of the campaign out on loan, joining fellow La Liga outfit Sevilla.
In an interview with Mundo Deportivo last night, the youngster concedes his spell at the Andalusia outfit hasn’t gone to plan before stating his disinterest of a further loan spell next season.
“I don’t want to think about another spell out on loan, I prefer to concentrate on an important year for me. But what’s clear is that I don’t want another one [loan spell],” he explained.
Should Everton try and sign him permanently this summer?
Simply, yes. Roberto Martinez’s side were undoubtedly a more forward-thinking side with Deulofeu in the team and in spite of his inexperience of English football his contributions were evident.
The Catalans have a world class squad, and in Lionel Messi and Neymar – the two players currently occupying wide positions – Deulofeu’s chances of a regular spot at the Nou Camp are minute.
Likewise with fellow players such as Isaac Cuenca, Cristian Tello, Ibrahim Afellay – there comes a time when leaving the Catalans becomes necessary to get their careers back on track.
Deulofeu, 20, has started just nine La Liga games this season and he reveals to MD that it’s just not happening for him, saying: “I’m content, but I’m also sure things aren’t going as I expected here.”
Toffees boss Martinez knew how to get the best out of the winger and, given his current situation in Spain, he might just be open to reuniting with the man able to bring out his potential.