Deulofeu’s position change
Gerard Deulofeu joined Watford on a permanent basis last summer from FC Barcelona.
Deulofeu had previously spent the second half of the 2017/18 campaign on loan with the Hornets.
Watford are believed to have paid around £11.7m for the permanent signing of the Spaniard.
Deulofeu would score 10 and assist five for Watford in the league last season.
22 of those appearances would come with the 25-year-old playing as a centre-forward.
Deulofeu has previously played much of his career on the right-wing but Javi Gracia obviously saw something different in him.
Deulofeu has since spoken about his transition into a more central role:
“We spoke with the manager [Javi Gracia] at the beginning of the season and he said to me that I was going to play as a striker. Years before, I had been thinking that I wanted to play as a striker because you are nearer to the goal and you have more chances to score.
“Last season was really good for us, we can improve, of course and I can also improve my statistics. But I’m happy and I want to continue in that position.
“I had to adapt myself to Watford’s style because there is a lot of long balls, direct and second balls. I had to adapt myself in that team and that type of football. In the last four or five months, I enjoyed playing with Troy [Deeney] and with people who go to the challenge and after, I can take some chances.” As quoted by Sky Sports News.
Everton vs Watford
Watford didn’t get off to the best start last weekend, losing their first PL outing of 2019/20 3-0 vs Brighton.
Their next clash sees them face off against one of Deulofeu’s previous clubs, Everton.
The winger was signed by the Toffees on a permanent basis back in 2015 before eventually being sold back to Barca in 2017.
Like Watford, Everton didn’t have the best start to the new campaign. They drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace.
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