Gerard Deulofeu scores brilliant solo goal in Spain U21 training session

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Gerard Deulofeu has endured a tough few weeks at Everton.

Since the 2-1 defeat against Swansea City, the Spanish winger has made two league appearances for the Toffees - a combined 35 minutes as a second-half sub in the defeats to West Brom last month and Arsenal last Saturday.

Despite his recent lack of first-team football, though, Deulofeu has been called up to the Spain Under-21 squad by Albert Celades. And the 22-year-old scored a sublime solo goal in training on Wednesday which you can watch by scrolling down this page.


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Deulofeu picks the ball up and rolls it with his studs before ghosting in between two defenders; he then dribbles past the goalkeeper and slots the ball into the empty net.

The Spain Under-21 coaches were watching on from the sidelines and while they would have been impressed, it’s unlikely they will have been surprised.

Video: Deulofeu's training ground goal

Deulofeu's work ethic can let him down

The former Barcelona player’s talent has never been in doubt. He possessed the ability required to make it at the Camp Nou but his work ethic, unfortunately, let him down.

It was the same story during his loan spell with Sevilla last term and the same thing is threatening to happen at Goodison Park.

Deulofeu is fantastic in one-on-one situations and, as we’ve seen from this latest clip, can make good defenders look silly.

But his desire to press opponents and his willingness to get back and defend is, at times, below the high standards set by top-level coaches - such as Roberto Martinez.

Everton fans still love him

The Everton boss is acutely aware of the damage Deulofeu can inflict on opposing defences, but he’s been forced to leave the winger on the bench in recent weeks in order to make his team - as a unit - defensively sound.

Everton fans still love Deulofeu and, according to the Liverpool Echo, were chanting his name before he came off the bench as a 72nd-minute sub against Arsenal last weekend.

They got their wish in the end but he could do little to prevent Everton slumping to a 2-0 defeat.

The Goodison Park faithful will be hoping the winger returns from the international break ready to knuckle down and play a key role for the Toffees in the final weeks of the 2015-16 campaign.

Will Gerard Deulofeu ever fulfil his immense potential? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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