Ronald Koeman comments on using Gerard Deulofeu as a striker

Everton manager Ronaldo Koeman

The Everton man has played up front for in pre-season.

Everton manager Ronaldo KoemanEverton manager Ronaldo Koeman

Ronald Koeman has hinted to Everton’s official website that he could use Gerard Deulofeu as a striker this season.

The Blues are short on options up front this season, with just Arouna Kone as direct back-up to Romelu Lukaku.

That has led to Ronald Koeman experiment in pre-season by using winger Gerard Deulofeu as a striker.

It has been successful too, with the Spaniard putting in a series of impressive performances in the role and finishing as their top goalscorer this summer.

 

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

With Lukaku a doubt for the season opener against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend after picking up a slight injury in the clash with Espanyol, Koeman has hinted Deulofeu may stay as a striker in future.

“Geri can play in that position and we also have Arouna Kone who played there in pre-season as well,” he told the club’s official website.

“If we’re looking at Gerard, he is very fast, he is direct and he can score goals. He score more goals than anyone in pre-season and that’s a quality you need if you’re going to play in that position.”

Everton's Romelu LukakuEverton's Romelu Lukaku

It remains to be seen if Everton do utilise Deulofeu as a striker across this season after he has impressed in pre-season.

It would certainly be a wise move, with Lukaku often cutting an isolated and frustrated figure when playing as the lone striker last term.

Whether Deulofeu is good enough to be a sufficient back-up is debatable though, and perhaps a late move in the transfer window for another striker would be a smart move.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman before the match against BarnsleyEverton manager Ronald Koeman before the match against Barnsley

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