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Gerard Deulofeu is reigniting his promising talent at Everton

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When Gerard Deulofeu was at La Masia in Barcelona many spoke of his vast talent, he was considered a prodigy and many prosperous things were predicted about his future in football.

Many thought he would feature permanently in the Barcelona first team, becoming integral in their future as an attacking midfield presence, scoring goals and showcasing incredible dribbling skills, not so unlike Lionel Messi himself.

Sadly the prophecy was not fulfilled and Deulofeu found himself drifting from his beloved Barcelona and into a very different coloured blue jersey, famous in Merseyside. Roberto Martinez secured a one-year loan deal for the Spaniard in 2013 and he impressed fans for the most part.

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Famously, he entered the field as Everton played Arsenal to a chorus of 'who are you?' Moments later his reply was an exemplary finish of the finest quality into the roof of the Gunners' goal, earning his side a 1-1 draw.

His first season was a success, he didn't make a substantial impact overall, but his talent was very prominent. He has been criticised for his selfish approach, opting to beat defenders instead of passing the ball, losing possession and at times, failing to influence games at all. These attributes have failed to gain Deulofeu any admirers in Spain or in England.

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When he went on loan to Sevilla in 2014, his chances in the first team were sparse, he still conveyed selfish attributes on the right wing, aiming to fulfil his superstar potential many predicted.

Whenever he played he showed moments of brilliance, however, Sevilla's manager Unai Emery stated he needed to learn how to sacrifice and play with the elite.

Those at Sevilla were angered by his attitude and discipline, but many believe if he is able to ascertain humility and maturity, his hugely anticipated talent may become a reality.

Being told as a teenager that you are predicted to become the 'player of a generation' has affected his mentality, but things are beginning to settle down.

This season at Everton he looks reborn, Martinez has ensured the youngster the time to display his talent in the right way and he is repaying his manager's faith on the pitch.

Last weekend he fired a perfect 40 yard through ball into Romelu Lukaku so precise and perfectly weighted the Belgian was served a goal on a plate.

He fired a similar ball the previous week against Sunderland, where Lukaku again, scored with ease. This season he has one goal and five assists in only 10 games.

His fee of £4.2 million included a buy-back clause installed for Barcelona should he become a player they desire, but it has still been an excellent piece of business by Everton.

He is beginning to shine, his precocious talent is clearly apparent and this time he looks determined to resurrect his once such auspicious career.

So far his assists have been truly perfect, he looks dangerous in the final third and most importantly, he is consistently producing brilliance for Everton in the Premier League.

He still has much to prove, and his dive showed his immaturity but Martinez will eradicate these elements of his game.

If Deulofeu continues to play in such an unwavering, purposeful manner for the Toffees this season, whilst also consistently displaying the quality he has always retained, a return to Barcelona may not be too unrealistic.

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