Gerard Deulofeu admits he's still baffled by Roberto Martinez snub

Everton manager Roberto Martinez with Gerard Deulofeu as he is substituted

The former Everton manager dropped Deulofeu in the second half of last season.

Everton's Gerard Deulofeu looks dejected after the gameEverton's Gerard Deulofeu looks dejected after the game

Everton star Gerard Deulofeu has admitted to the Daily Mail that he is still confused by the manner in which Roberto Martinez dropped him last season.

The Spaniard joined the club on a permanent basis in the summer in an exciting signing for Blues fans after he had impressed on a loan spell in 2013/14. 

He featured in 17 of their 19 games before the turn of the year, forming a deadly partnership with striker Romelu Lukaku.

Everton manager Roberto MartinezEverton manager Roberto Martinez

From January onwards Roberto Martinez decided to drop him though, with Deulofeu making just seven appearances in the remaining 19 league games.

It was a decision that baffled the club’s fans, and Deulofeu has admitted himself that he is still unsure why he was dropped to the bench.

“I don’t know really why I played less,” he told the Daily Mail.

“That would be a question for the manager. I felt I was playing well and reaching a good level. After that, I was on the bench quite often.”

Watford's Etienne Capoue in action with Everton's Gerard DeulofeuWatford's Etienne Capoue in action with Everton's Gerard Deulofeu

Deulofeu will now be hoping he can bounce back at the club under new manager Ronald Koeman.

He has featured in all of their pre-season games under the Dutchman so far, which appears to indicate that he is set to be a key man moving forward.

What will be interesting to see is where he plays, with him having featured up front in a new strikers role this summer.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez with Gerard Deulofeu as he is substitutedEverton manager Roberto Martinez with Gerard Deulofeu as he is substituted

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