Have Everton borrowed the world's hottest prospect?


Gerard Deulofeu is regarded by many at Barcelona as a star of the future. 

The 19-year-old has worked his way up through the youth ranks at the club, and is now on the brink of the first team, with a handful of appearances already to his name. 

The young Spaniard bagged 18 goals in 33 games for Barcelona B last season, and shined brightly for Spain at the U20 World Cup as well. All this prompted Barcelona to move quickly and tie Deulofeu down to a new contract, keeping him at the Nou Camp until 2017.

So how did Everton managed to sign a player like this on loan? Roberto Martinez somehow managed to convince Barcelona that Goodison Park was the best place for the heir apparent to the Spanish footballing throne to develop on his gap year. 

Personally, I’m slightly skeptical but having seen what Deulofeu is capable of, I get the impression that if you give him a ball and point him at some defenders, he will shine. 

With the ball at his feet and running at players, Deulofeu is at his best, and is a genuine problem for any defence. He possesses exceptional close control and balance, along with a swift turn of pace, which can give him that extra yard. 

The great thing about Deulofeu though is that he is not just a dribbling machine, he is capable of some of the calmest and most clinical finishing I have seen from a teenager, and he can do it effortlessly with both feet. 

He will deliver at Everton and could be responsible for them finishing a few places higher than they would otherwise. 

And, if by some miracle Everton manage to hang onto Fellaini and Baines, there is a very real danger that Martinez could be fielding a half-decent side this season.

Next season you will see him return to Barcelona, and he will likely slot into a three-man attack with Lionel Messi and Neymar and go on to be one of the best players in the world. 

Or alternatively, he will become the new Bojan, and be loaned out to a new club every season because Barcelona can’t quite work out how to use him. 

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