Gerard Deulofeu hoping to play more matches for Everton

Gerard Deulofeu made his first start of the season for Everton against Reading in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

Gerard Deulofeu has told Everton's official website that he is hoping for more first-team action, after being handed his maiden start of the season against Reading in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

Deulofeu has been used sparingly by Roberto Martinez since he arrived from Barcelona over the summer, but he made an impression during his first 90 minutes.

The Spaniard helped Everton to pick up a 2-1 victory over Reading by scoring the winner in the contest, and he is hoping for more regular action now. 

"I'm very happy to score my first goal since coming back and the most important thing is the win," he said. "Now I want to keep going and I'm looking forward to the next game.

"I need to play more minutes to be able to get more up to speed and to help the team, so I am happy I got the chance to do that.

"I tried to be involved because I need to take my opportunities and my chances and I am happy that we won."

Deulofeu's qualities are known by everyone connected with the Toffees, after he spent the 2013/14 campaign on loan at Goodison Park and impressed.

However, despite all his talent, he still remains a raw prospect and Martinez will be looking to ease him in slowly, as the 21-year-old readjusts to the demands of English football. 

Deulofeu's preparations for this season have been far from ideal, considering he picked up an injury over pre-season, but he appears to be back up to speed. 

The trickster will now be hoping to keep his place in the starting line-up for Everton's next match, which comes against West Bromwich Albion on Monday evening. 

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