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Roberto Martinez backs Gerard Deulofeu to adapt to the Premier League

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Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu has been backed by manager Roberto Martinez to adapt his game to the Premier League, according to Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old joined the Merseyside club in 2013 on a season-long loan from Spanish giants Barcelona, scoring four goals in what was an impressive debut campaign in English football.

When the news came in this summer that he would be returning to Goodison Park on a permanent basis, Everton fans were understandably excited by the transfer.

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However, Deulofeu has so far struggled to replicate the form which made him a fan favourite amongst the Goodison faithful - but the Spaniard has received backing from his manager to change that by adapting to English football.

Martinez said: "Gerard is a young man who has come into a very different game and he needs to understand the culture of the British game.

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"He is a young player and he has a lot to learn, but he has the desire and that winning mentality and it's only a matter of time before he puts that talent together."

A product of Barcelona's famous youth academy La Masia, Deulofeu's pace and skill set have particularly impressed during his time on Merseyside, whilst his interplay and eye for goal has proven a constant menace to opposition defenders.

It's fair to say he fits into Everton's style of play and for Martinez, it's only a matter of helping his £4.2 million signing get back to his best.

However, falling down theatrically under Nacho Monreal's challenge during Everton's 2-1 away defeat to Arsenal on Sunday has done little to win over those who doubt him.

In fact, the tumble earned the youngster persistent boos from the Emirates crowd for the rest of the game - the Spaniard should be focusing more on dazzling defenders with his quality rather than looking for the easy way out.

Regardless, Deulofeu has a goal and three assists in all competitions to his name so far this season and whilst there's still a long way to go, the forward has shown signs that he could yet establish himself in the Premier League and justify the hype that has long surrounded him.

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