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Barcelona loan star impressing at Everton

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has spoken of his delight at the speed with which Gerard Deulofeu has settled on Merseyside and life in the Premier League.

The 19-year-old arrived on loan from Barcelona over the summer and has quickly shown he's capable of adapting to the English game.

The silky attacker impressed in his only start, scoring in a League Cup tie against Stevenage and looked dangerous in his only Premier League appearance, when he come off the bench against Cardiff.

Those performances have impressed his manager, who expected his summer recruit to take time to settle. 

Speaking to Everton TV,  Martinez said: "Coming from Spain and a specific way of playing at Barcelona, it is going to take time to adapt, and he is doing that quicker than I expected."

Encouraged by his instant impact, Martinez hinted that Deulofeu could feature more prominently for the Toffees in the not to distant future, saying: "He is a player we could see more of in the coming weeks.

"In the League Cup he showed he is someone who can create something from nothing.

"When you can do that it gives you an extra edge in the final third which is going to be very important in the Premier League campaign over the coming weeks and months."

Having come through Barcelona's famed La Masia youth accademy, Deulofeu has struggled to compete with the attacking riches at hand at the Nou Camp, leading him to agree to a one-year stay in England as he looks to continue his development. 

The youngster, who can play through the middle or out wide, was crowned The Golden Player at the UEFA U-19 Championships in 2012, and Martinez is certain he'll continue to improve upon his already considerable talents. 

Martinez added: "Gerard is a player with great application in his work and already you can see that he is growing into a phenomenal footballer"

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