Here’s Sky Sports fantasy football pundit Ameé Ruszkai on Watford’s new loan signing Gerard Deulofeu
Sky Sports fantasy football – Sky pundit Ameé Ruszkai on Watford’s new loan signing Gerard Deulofeu
While Barcelona cling onto his still unrealised potential, Gerard Deulofeu is again threatening to live up to it in another Premier League spell. Having excited the Nou Camp with previous stints at Everton, he’s doing it again, lighting up Vicarage Road just days into his move to Watford. In two games, Deulofeu has already drawn on his Premier League experience to record a goal and an assist, as well as two Sky Sports man of the match awards.
Costing just £8.2m in the Sky Sports Fantasy Football game, if he can continue such electric form, then the Spaniard could be one of the stars of the second half of the season. That’s the question though: can he keep it up? Deulofeu’s statistics so far at Watford make for fantastic reading, particularly in the chance creation department where he is forging an opportunity every 25 minutes. Per game, the winger is also having two shots and completing four dribbles – the latter at a 100 per cent success rate.
It’s this immediate impact that inspired Monday’s 4-1 humiliation of Chelsea, where Deulofeu won a penalty as well as scoring, assisting and being named man of the match.
He could have had another goal too as the Hornets ran riot, only to stab a shot wide when one-on-one with Thibaut Courtois.
The key to Deulofeu continuing this form and being a success will be consistency, not only in his performances but also in how much game time he is given. At Everton in 2013-14, the winger was involved in a goal every 149 minutes, and in 2015-16 that reduced to every 139 minutes. But the issue at Goodison Park was that he didn’t always get the chances needed for him to contribute so frequently.
In Deulofeu’s first season with the club, a hamstring injury was largely responsible for this, seeing him miss 10 games in the middle of the campaign. But come the end of his second season, Aaron Lennon was preferred over the Spaniard, meaning he featured in just five of Everton’s last 15 games and started only three times.
Javi Gracia will need to put his faith in Deulofeu if he is to shine, and with those minutes the 23-year-old could finally live up to the great expectations those at the Nou Camp have for him.
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