Everton full-back Seamus Coleman has said that teammate Gerard Deulofeu reminds him of Cristiano Ronaldo when the Portuguese superstar was in his first years at Manchester United, the Telegraph reports.
The Toffees pulled off one of the coups of the summer when they managed to sign Deulofeu from Barcelona, having already had him on loan in the 2013/14 campaign.
The Merseyside outfit knew the quality in which they were getting. The talented winger is two years this wiser nowadays and his recent performances are beyond what Everton had previously experienced.
Coleman has been linking up with Deulofeu for much of the season down the right flank, and the Republic of Ireland international sees traces of Ronaldo in his teammate’s movement and trickery.
“I remember when Cristiano Ronaldo broke on the scene first at Manchester United and he was known for his stepovers,” Coleman told reporters for the Telegraph.
“Well, the goal Gerry [Deulofeu] set up at Middlesbrough the other night was similar, with the stepovers and then a great final ball.
“I was asking Romelu Lukaku earlier how many goals Gerry has set up for him and he said seven, so I’m sure Rom is looking forward to playing with him for the rest of the season.”
Ronaldo became a global superstar at Old Trafford, scoring 42 goals in a single campaign before moving to Real Madrid and becoming a goal-scoring legend for the Spanish giants.
While Deulofeu may never reach such heights, his start to life as a permanent Everton player couldn’t have gone much better as the team pushes towards a top four spot.
The 21-year-old has one goal and six assists in seven Premier League starts, a record comparable with the very best wingers in the top-flight which is all the more impressive considering his age.