Gerard Deulofeu enjoying his new striker role for Everton

Gerard Deulofeu scores the second goal for Everton

The Spaniard has scored in both of Everton's pre-season wins so far.

Gerard Deulofeu scores the second goal for EvertonGerard Deulofeu scores the second goal for Everton

Gerard Deulofeu has told Everton's official website that he is enjoying his new role as a centre forward under Ronald Koeman.

With Romelu Lukaku on an extended break and neither Arouna Kone or Oumar Niasse fancied, the Dutchman has started with Deulofeu up front for both of Everton’s friendlies so far.

It has proved to be something of a masterstroke, with the Spaniard bagging goals in the wins over Barnsley and MK Dons so far.

Gerard Deulofeu celebrates scoring the second goal for Everton with Darron Gibson (R)Gerard Deulofeu celebrates scoring the second goal for Everton with Darron Gibson (R)

Everton fans have certainly been impressed, with many hoping to see him partner Lukaku in the side next season.

And Deulofeu has admitted that he does like playing up front as he gets more goalscoring chances.

“I like playing centre-forward a lot because I’m near to the goal and I have more chances,” he told the club’s official website.

“I’ve played there before for Barcelona ‘B’ and I’m a quick player, so normally I’m too quick for the centre-halves and I can run in behind them. My feeling playing centre-forward is very good.”

Gerard Deulofeu rounds MK Dons' David Martin to score the first goal for EvertonGerard Deulofeu rounds MK Dons' David Martin to score the first goal for Everton

It now remains to be seen whether Deulofeu does find himself playing as a striker next season.

There is no denying that the Blues are short on options in the position, with neither Oumar Niasse or Arouna Kone proving they can provide sufficient back up to Lukaku last season.

So far the Spaniard has shown his ability in the role, and should he continue to impress, it would not be surprising to see him starting there at the beginning of the campaign.

Everton's Ross Barkley celebrates with Gerard Deulofeu after scoring their second goalEverton's Ross Barkley celebrates with Gerard Deulofeu after scoring their second goal

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