Gerard Deulofeu should stay at Everton; Barcelona activating his buy-out clause will benefit no one

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Gerard Deulofeu is riding the crest of a wave at Everton, that much is obvious.

His recent form for club and country, the latter at Under-21 level, has been nothing short of sensational and under normal circumstances would see him as a Barcelona regular.

And it's the sort of form Everton manager Roberto Martinez fears could tempt the Catalans to activate his buy-back clause from the Toffees, according to reports.


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Just these past few days, the Spaniard has been forced to admit he would be powerless if Barca were to spend the £6.3 million it would take to bring Deulofeu back to the Camp Nou.

At this juncture, it's not beyond the realms of possibility that the player himself would baulk at the thought of returning to a club where he spent his formative years, believing he would be the next big thing, cast aside when Luis Enrique took charge.

It's a set of circumstances that still cuts deep and Barca would be unlikely to see the best of the player if he is forced to go back home.

Deulofeu has found a new home on the blue half of Merseyside and has settled well, due in no small part to the expert tutelage of Martinez.

Clearly the Spaniard wants to keep the player in the Premier League but acknowledges the parameters of a deal that only happened because of the way it was structured i.e. if no buy-back clause was inserted, there would be no deal.

It's a mystery as to why Barca would want the player back in any event.

That's not to say Deulofeu's skill set isn't needed because he's clearly shown maturity to the point that he could be an asset for the Catalonians.

No, the issue is as it was before: where exactly does he fit in? The front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez is set in stone.

The only way anyone breaks the stranglehold the trio have on Barca's attack is via injury to one or more of the "MSN" partnership.

Deulofeu has evidently passed the point where sitting on the bench for every game is acceptable. His form dictates that he should be playing every week.

There is no logic either in Barcelona buying him just because they can, without any thought towards the player's welfare and the impact it will have on his growth.

Do Barca really want to throw away £6 million that they can better spend elsewhere? You'd like to think not.

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