As he rose by way of the ranks at Barcelona, Gerard Deulofeu appeared to have every thing. Above all, he was quick, possessed of that pressing, quicksilver form of velocity that carries with it an air of everlasting menace. But he had composure, too, a coolness on the ball, that stood out even at La Masia, Barcelona’s revered academy.
His coaches knew, after all, that no participant is a certain factor, however so far as they may inform, Deulofeu stood nearly as good an opportunity as anybody. He scored buckets of targets for Barcelona’s reserve crew, competing within the second tier of Spanish soccer. Luis Enrique, his supervisor, regarded him as his “standout.” He was fast-tracked into the senior aspect on the age of simply 17.
Deulofeu, although, by no means fairly made it at Barcelona, not likely. He spent a yr on mortgage at Everton, to toughen him up, after which one other season at Sevilla. He felt Luis Enrique, beforehand such an ardent advocate, didn’t “trust” him now that he was in control of the senior crew. There was scrutiny of Deulofeu’s business, his attentiveness, his work ethic.
Those criticisms had been probably reliable, however the actual problem Deulofeu confronted was much less what he was, and extra who he was not. In entrance of Deulofeu in Barcelona’s attacking queue, over the course of these years, had been (in no explicit order): Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suárez, Cesc Fàbregas, Alexis Sánchez and Pedro. Andrés Iniesta might at all times fill a spot, too. Deulofeu performed six occasions for Barcelona, and was offered.