Gerard Deulofeu admits he wants to improve defensively

Everton's Gerard Deulofeu looks dejected after the game

The Everton star endured a mixed year for the Blues last season.

Everton's Gerard Deulofeu in actionEverton's Gerard Deulofeu in action

Everton star Gerard Deulofeu has told the Daily Mail he is trying to improve the defensive side of his game to become an all-round wide player.

The winger had a frustrating season last season as Everton struggled under Roberto Martinez.

He was key man in the first half of the campaign, featuring in 17 of their 19 games and forming a deadly partnership with Romelu Lukaku.

Everton manager Ronaldo KoemanEverton manager Ronaldo Koeman

The second half of the season saw him dropped to the bench in favour of Aaron Lennon though, with some suggestions that Lennon offers more defensively than the Spaniard.

And Deulofeu has admitted he is trying to improve that area of his game to become a better all-round wide player.

“I am trying to improve the defensive side of my game and become an all-round wide player,” he told the Daily Mail.

“But my USP is that I am an attacking winger that takes players on, commits opponents and excites fans. I think we are an increasingly rare breed.”

Everton manager Ronald KoemanEverton manager Ronald Koeman

It remains to be seen if Deulofeu is actually playing as a winger next season, with pre-season suggesting that may not be the case.

He has featured up front for the Blues so far under Ronald Koeman and has largely impressed with several goals to his name.

With Everton short on options up front at this moment in time, it appears the Dutchman could stick with that choice for the near future, and Deulofeu may have to put his desires to be a winger on hold in the meantime.

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

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