Deulofeu's defensive problems

One of the reasons why he didn't convince Luis Enrique is his lack of defensive work

Deulofeu's defensive problems
Deulofeu's defensive problems

One of the reasons why he didn't convince Luis Enrique is his lack of defensive work

Gerard Deulofeu lived a situation this pre-season in Barcelona quite similar to the one a year ago at Everton. Roberto Martínez and his staff noticed in the first few matches the weak point that the winger had to improve: defend. First steps by Deulofeu in the toffee locker room were marked by this episode and even some of the veteran players told him that he had to work more.

Unlike Luis Enrique, Robert Martínez  never said anything about Deulofeu's weak point publicly but in private he adviced him one time and another: the game doesn't finish when you have lose the ball.

Conscious that he needed to improve from the first moment, Deulofeu improved match by match. During the first part of the season he played only a few minutes, because Martínez wanted to be more prepared, stronger phyisically and with fresh legs for the second round of matches. Unfortunately, an injury on January after scoring a super goal in Emirates Stadium stopped his progression.

In the final part of the season he started some games, but he wasn't essential. 

Once the season ended, we asked Robert Martínez about the defensive doubts of Deulofeu. And Everton's coach said he had improved a lot. 

"I don't think he needs a big improvement. He had an incredible experience in the Premier League. This was his first season at the first level and in a different country. He has been really important. He stole my heart. He has got a lot of talent. He also listens and understands his position. He surprised everybody and understood what he had to learn. You can ask anyone here at Everton. Everybody is in love with Catalunya and with Gerard".