Gerard Deulofeu wants starting role for Everton under Ronald Koeman

Everton's Gerard Deulofeu in action

Gerard Deulofeu was rotated in and out of Everton's starting line-up last season.

Everton's Gerard Deulofeu looks dejected after the game

Gerard Deulofeu has told Everton’s official site that he wants to be a permanent starter under Ronald Koeman next season.

Deulofeu had a mixed season at Goodison Park last term, when he was rotated around the team.

Roberto Martinez seemed to feel that Deulofeu was not ready to be a consistent starter for the Toffees, and he was regularly used as an impact substitute.

Everton's Gerard Deulofeu in action

However, Deulofeu no longer wants to play a role coming off the bench in the latter stages of matches.

And he said: “Next season is so important for the team and for me as an individual as well. I think the first half of last season was good for me, I played very well - but afterwards, I didn’t get a lot of minutes.

“I want to work hard and push myself now to help the team next season. It is going to be my fourth year as a professional after two seasons in the Premier League and one in La Liga, so I feel like an experienced player and now I’m looking to play lots of minutes next year.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez with Gerard Deulofeu as he is substituted

"I’m comfortable with my team and now that’s the most important thing for me - to play as many minutes as possible.”

There are no doubts over Deulofeu’s ability, and the youngster appears to be one of the brightest talents at Everton.

The Spanish youth international has the ability to glide past defenders, and he also linked up excellently with Romelu Lukaku throughout the last campaign.

Deulofeu ended last season with 13 assists and four goals in 33 appearances across all competitions.

Deulofeu is likely to face more competition for a place in Everton’s starting line-up next season, as Koeman is intending to spend big in the summer transfer window.

Everton's Gerard Deulofeu looks dejected after the game

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