Everton moved to sign one of Spain's most exciting young talents, securing Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu on loan for the season.
Roberto Martinez may yet have pulled off one of the transfers of the summer.
The Everton boss was instrumental in bringing him to the club. Barcelona trust Martínez to continue Deulofeu's development and provide him with valuable first-team experience, while they are optimistic that a year in England will see him mature swiftly.
Both parties stand to benefit immensely from this excellent piece of business. Barca, his parent club, will keep him in their books and save themselves the headache of needlessly selling another one of their talents for a fee (Pique and Fabregas come to mind) while Everton recruit a genuine talent to compliment their burgeoning reputation of giving young talented players a chance at first team action in the Premier League.
Some might wonder if Deulofeu will be able to handle the Premier League. While the league is very physically demanding, smaller Spanish players such as Juan Mata, Santi Cazorla and David Silva have had no trouble adapting to the EPL.
One of the biggest positives for Deulofeu is that he's a pretty strong player for his size. He's not going to get bullied around too much. His game is built to succeed. He is fast, tricky, great with both feet and knows how to protect the ball well. He is not the typical Barcelona product who’s footballing DNA is solely made up of tiki-taka. Deloufeu does not need that renowned system to succeed.
He is able to adjust his game in different tactical formations, play in different patterns and perform different roles.
The only negative aspect of his game is that he may occasionally try to do too much on his own, like a younger Cristiano Ronaldo. As with any 19-year-old, there will be a bit of a transition once Deulofeu hits the Premier League. It's the same with any player, regardless of his nationality or where he played his football. However, at Everton and with Roberto Martinez, he will be moulded the EPL way.
Manchester United may have acquired Wilfried Zaha but in Deloufeu, Everton have acquired a real gem. The EPL is his oyster and I personally cannot wait to watch him take it by storm.
Rarely do you see such a smart piece of business during the silly season. Roberto Martinez and the Everton back-room staff deserve a lot of credit for pulling this loan deal off.
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