Gerard Deulofeu Lázaro (Spanish: [ɟʝeˈɾaɾ ðeuloˈfeu ˈlaθaɾo];[A] born 13 March 1994) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Watford and the Spain national team. Mainly a forward, he can also play as a winger on both flanks.
Deulofeu playing for Spain U19 in 2012
|Full name||Gerard Deulofeu Lázaro|
|Date of birth||13 March 1994|
|Place of birth||Riudarenes, Spain|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2001–2003||Penya Bons Aires|
|2013–2014||→ Everton (loan)||25||(3)|
|2014–2015||→ Sevilla (loan)||17||(1)|
|2017||→ Milan (loan)||17||(4)|
|2018||→ Watford (loan)||7||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 May 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 September 2017
He started his career with Barcelona, first appearing with the first team at the age of 17, and was loaned to Everton and Sevilla before joining the former on a permanent deal in the summer of 2015. After a successful loan spell at Italian side Milan, he was brought back to Barcelona in June 2017.
Deulofeu was also a Spanish youth international, having represented the country over 80 times at under-16, under-17, under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels, being named the UEFA Under-19 Championship Golden Player in 2012. In 2014, he made his debut for the Spain national football team.
Born in Riudarenes, Girona, Catalonia, Deulofeu joined Barcelona's youth academy in 2003 at the age of nine. In 2005, he was promoted to the U-13 team. On 2 March 2011, still registered with the junior team, he made his senior debut, appearing for the B-team in a 4–1 away win against Córdoba in Segunda División by coming on as a substitute for Eduard Oriol in the 75th minute.
In late April 2011, Deulofeu was called up to the senior squad for the first time, for a La Liga match against Real Sociedad on 29 April, but did not leave the bench in a 1–2 away loss. On 3 August he made his Barcelona first-team debut, in a 1–4 friendly loss against Guadalajara; three days later, against Club América, he assisted Seydou Keita in the 90th minute of a 2–0 win.
On 16 September 2012, Deulofeu scored his first goal as a senior, in a 1–2 loss at Hércules. On 29 October he made his first official appearance with the main squad, replacing Cesc Fàbregas in the 63rd minute of a 5–0 league home success against Mallorca.
Deulofeu scored 18 goals for the B's in the 2012–13 season, joint-fourth in the second level competition. On 15 May 2013 he signed a professional contract with the Blaugrana first team, running until June 2017.
On 10 July 2013, Premier League side Everton signed Deulofeu on a season-long loan. The Liverpool Echo also reported that any loan fee would be waived if he made appearances in more than 50% of his new club's games. He scored on his debut for his new club, a 2–1 home win over Stevenage in the second round of the Football League Cup on 29 August.
On 30 November, Deulofeu scored his first league goal for the Toffees, netting the opener in a 4–0 home success against Stoke City. His second came eight days later, through an 85th-minute strike at Arsenal to earn a 1–1 draw.
On 14 December 2013, Deulofeu suffered a hamstring injury during Everton's 4–1 victory over Fulham, which sidelined him for five weeks. He scored his third and last goal on 15 March of the following year, netting the opener in a 2–1 home win over Cardiff City. He helped his team to record its best ever Premier League points tally of 72 to finish fifth and, at the end of the campaign, Barcelona confirmed that he would not be returning for a second loan spell as he had been promoted to their first-team squad; he wrote an open letter thanking the staff, players and fans for their support during his stay.
In May 2014, Deulofeu was granted a first-team place by new Barcelona manager Luis Enrique. However, on 14 August 2014, Sevilla reached an agreement with Barcelona for the loan of Deulofeu for the coming season, with the player admitting "surprise" at Enrique's decision.
After being an unused substitute in a 1–1 home draw against Valencia, Deulofeu made his debut on 30 August replacing Vitolo in the 73rd minute of a 2–1 away win against Espanyol. He made his UEFA Europa League debut on 18 September, starting and providing assists for both goals in a 2–0 home victory against Feyenoord.
On 24 September Deulofeu scored his first goal for the Andalusians (and also his first ever in the top flight in Spain), netting the game's winner in a home success over Real Sociedad. His loan was considered hugely unsuccessful, the Spanish newspaper Marca selected him in their La Liga 'Worst team of the season'.
Deulofeu joined Everton permanently on 1 July 2015, for a transfer fee reported to be £4.2 million. He scored his first goal as a permanent Everton player, a free kick at the Madejski Stadium, as they came from behind to win 2–1 against Reading in the third round of the League Cup. His first league goal since his transfer came on 1 November, the opening goal in a 6–2 rout of Sunderland.
On 23 January 2017, Deulofeu joined Milan on loan until the end of the 2016–17 season. Two days later, he made his debut with Milan in a Coppa Italia quarter-final match against Juventus, coming on as a substitute for Carlos Bacca in the 1–2 defeat. On 29 January, he made his league debut as a substitute for the injured Giacomo Bonaventura in a loss by the same score against Udinese. On 8 February, Deulofeu made his first assist, a low pass across the goalmouth towards Mario Pašalić, in a 0–1 away victory against Bologna, and 11 days later he scored his first goal for the Rossoneri in a 2–1 victory against Fiorentina at the San Siro.
Return to BarcelonaEdit
On 30 June 2017, Deulofeu returned to Barcelona, as the club activated their buy-back clause for him. On 21 October, he scored his first goal for the club as he scored the opener in the 2nd minute in a 2–0 win against Málaga.
On 29 January 2018, it was announced that Deulofeu was to join Watford on a loan deal until the end of the season. On 5 February 2018, he scored his first goal with Watford in a Premier League 4–1 win against Chelsea.
Deulofeu played for the Spanish under-17 team from 2009 to 2011, helping them finish runner-up at the 2010 UEFA European Championship. In the latter year he was selected to the under-19s, winning two consecutive European Championships and being selected best player in the 2012 edition.
Deulofeu was selected for the senior side for the first time on 30 May 2014, as part of a 19-man squad to play a friendly against Bolivia, being given the number 7. He played the last ten minutes of the 2–0 win in Seville as a substitute for Pedro, but the following day he was not included in the squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
On 12 November 2015, Deulofeu scored a hat-trick and captained the under-21 team in a 5–0 win over Georgia in Almería, for 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification. Deulofeu scored his first goal for Spain against France in a friendly on 28 March 2017, after coming off the bench. However, the goal was initially ruled out for offside, but the referee consulted his video assistant, who after checking the TV replays decided the referee's assistant had made the wrong call in the first place.
- Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first.
|1.||28 March 2017||Stade de France, Paris, France||France||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
Style of playEdit
A quick and skilful player, gifted with pace, good technique and dribbling ability, Deulofeu is capable of playing as a winger or as a forward on either flank. According to the Daily Mirror, Deulofeu's style of play is comparable to that of Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo, due to a shared direct approach. Regarded as a promising young player, in 2012, he was included by Don Balón in their list of the 101 most exciting prospects born after 1991, while in January 2014, he was named by The Observer as one of the ten most promising young players in Europe.
|Club||Season||League||Cup[nb 1]||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Barcelona B||2010–11||Segunda División||1||0||—||1||0|
|Everton (loan)||2013–14||Premier League||25||3||2||0||2||1||—||29||4|
|Sevilla (loan)||2014–15||La Liga||17||1||6||2||—||5[b]||0||—||28||3|
|Milan (loan)||2016–17||Serie A||17||4||1||0||—||18||4|
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