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Seamus Coleman: Gerard Deulofeu is like ‘young Cristiano Ronaldo’

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Premier League side Everton are the in-form team right now and are unbeaten for the last seven matches after last night's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

One of their standout performers has been Gerard Deulofeu and full-back Seamus Coleman has heaped praise on the Spanish youngster.

Coleman has even gone to the extent of comparing Deulofeu to two-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Before last night's match, the Republic of Ireland international said: “I remember when Cristiano Ronaldo broke on the scene first at Manchester United and he was known for his stepovers," as reported by the Telegraph.

"The goal set up at Middlesbrough the other night was similar, with the stopovers and then a great final ball.”

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He added: “I was asking Romelu Lukaku earlier how many goals Gerry has set up for him and he said seven, so I’m sure Rom is looking forward to playing with him for the rest of the season.

“But what I like about these young lads is that there are no egos. They are all great lads.”

A graduate of Barcelona’s youth academy, La Masia, the young Catalan has been a dynamic entity from the start of his loan term with the Toffees two years ago.

Highly rated

After sealing a permanent move to Goodison Park this summer, Deulofeu is having a breakthrough season - coming up with stand-out performances every week, in both league and cup ties.

How highly he is rated at Barcelona is clear from the fact the Spanish giants included a buy-back clause in Deulofeu’s contract upon signing for Everton.

The 21-year-old has time on his side to improve further and he feels under the watchful guidance of Martinez he will be able to fulfil his potential.

Impressive performances

Alongside three goals and six assists in 2015-16, Deulofeu has a pass success rate close to 80% in all competitions, according to WhoScored.com and he is showing glimpses of becoming a world-class player as the season progresses.

As an emerging talent in the world stage, there is bound to be interest from heavyweights across Europe, but Martinez has time-and-again stated that the Merseyside club will not be selling their best players at any price.

His stance with John Stones’ potential move to Chelsea throughout the summer epitomises his statements.

Deulofeu has formed an incredible partnership with duo Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley which is transforming Everton into a force to be reckoned with and certainly a side to be wary of, heading into the busy festive period.

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