Will Everton see the best of Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu?

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For all intents and purposes, Gerard Deulofeu's career at Barcelona is now over.

After a loan spell at Everton and a season at Sevilla, Barca are still not convinced that the player has the right mental attributes to become a success for the Catalans.

It will be with a heavy heart that he is sold permanently to Everton in the coming days because the player really does have it all in terms of talent.

His application and work-ethic has been, thus far, what has stopped the youngster going from a great player to a superstar and if there is one thing that Barca want above all else, it's a sense of "team before I."

Take Lionel Messi as the prime example.

Deulofeu needs to mature

The best player in the team he may be, but he always makes the right decisions for the team.

Deulofeu will beat players a la Messi, but will want to beat them again. And again.

The simple ball appears to be an alien concept to him and given that he has had 10 of the last 11 seasons at La Masia and Barca's youth set up, you'd think that he would've learned what's required by now.

Unai Emery was fairly vociferous in his condemnation of the player telling Sid Lowe of The Guardian: “He has incredible qualities but lacks others. Put him out there, one on one and ... pfff

"But make him play football with team-mates, on a big pitch, and it’s hard. He doesn’t have the maturity or capacity for sacrifice yet.

"I told him: ‘There are players here who aspire to a contract like yours, men with less talent but more hunger. Iborra, Carriço, Vitolo. They know what it costs.

"You haven’t experienced that. When you do, you’ll grow. I hope you get that. If not here, somewhere else.’”

Return to Everton

That somewhere else will be on the blue half of Merseyside as Roberto Martinez looks to complete a £3 million deal for Deulofeu, in the hope that he can reproduce some of the form he showed during his brief loan spell.

He quickly became a fans favourite and so will at least be comforted by the knowledge he'll be welcomed back with open arms.

Players like Deulofeu need to be loved and perhaps that's where Martinez is going to get the best out of him.

Furthermore, there must be an acknowledgment from the player himself that he is almost at the last chance saloon in terms of making it at a big club.

When managers hear the name Gerard Deulofeu now, there is an associate reputation. Some would say not a good one either.

For a player of such obvious natural ability, that has to be a worry.

In any event, this isn't a "shop window" exercise. This move is about finally putting down some football roots and showing everyone what he is capable of.

To that end, and with the Sevilla experience fresh in his mind, expect to see the very best of Gerard Deulofeu in the Premier League next season.

About time...

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