Everton star Gerard Deulofeu hoping to feature in a more central role in the future, like Cristiano Ronaldo

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The Spaniard has been mesmerising out on the wing for the Toffees this term.

Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu has admitted that like Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, he hopes to make an impact in a more central role in the future, The Sun reports.

The Spaniard's performances have led to comparisons between himself and Ronaldo, from when the former Manchester United man started out at Old Trafford. And while the 21-year-old explained that there are a lot of differences between himself and the Portuguese maestro, he did suggest that he hopes to follow in his footsteps by becoming a more prominent figure in the centre of the pitch.

"Maybe there are little things yes, but we're different in a lot of others," he said, as reported by The Sun.

"Cristiano has a lot to his game - he's good in the air, his shooting is perfect, his left foot perfect. And he's more of a striker now - a No 9. I'm a winger but in the future I want to play more in the middle.

"When you're there you have a lot more opportunities to score.

"I would like to be like him, though, start wide and go in middle, as a No 10 or 9. At Barca B I played No 9 and think I played well."

While Deulofeu's ability to ease past defenders would suggest that he does have a future in either an attacking midfield role, or perhaps, even as a striker, Roberto Martinez may be tempted to keep him out wide, where he has been so influential this term.

His eight assists in the Premier League this season have largely come from wonderful, teasing crosses that cause defenders all kinds of problems.

And it is not only opponents that the former Barcelona man appears to trick, as sometimes, those same crosses that glide across the corridor of uncertainty in the six-yard box end up going right across without being put away, as it appears that occasionally his own teammates do not anticipate such a wicked ball being sent in, and thus, do not make the runs required to get on the end of them.  

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