Everton should hand Gerard Deulofeu more Premier League game time after cup heroics

The Spaniard scored the winning goal against Reading in the League Cup last night.

Yesterday saw Everton go head-to-head with Championship outfit Reading at the Madejski Stadium in Berkshire and come away with a hard-fought 2-1 victory.

In the end the result was harsh on a Reading side that performed well on the night, although Everton had several below-par performers.

Gerard Deulofeu was not one of them.

The Spaniard came on in the last round against Barnsley and had an excellent impact, this time he started and had the Reading players squirming throughout.

He was the boo-boy for the Reading fans, considering an early attempt at winning a free-kick but should have later had a penalty after being body-checked in the box.

But he revelled in being the pantomime villain. The former Barcelona youngster had poor Andrew Taylor in knots throughout the game and then scored the winning goal from a well-placed free-kick.

Despite his two very impressive performances in the League Cup he has not been utilised in the Premier League.

So far he has played just 36 minutes of football in the league which, considering his performances v Barnsley and Reading, is not a fair amount.

Everton should seriously consider giving him more time in the first-team for upcoming fixtures with West Brom and Liverpool – especially with Kevin Mirallas currently suspended.

Popular with the fans and unpopular with full-backs – it is the perfect combination.

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