Gerard Deulofeu only had two full seasons as an Everton player, as per Transfermarkt, but that hasn’t stopped him building a relationship with the club and its fans.
He spoke very fondly of the Toffees while talking to Sky Sports:
“I have a good relationship and a good connection with Everton fans. They love me and I love them. Every time I go to Goodison, the people are really happy and I’m proud about this.” – @gerardeulofeu on his relationship with the Everton fanspic.twitter.com/Rp0nSjtG4U
— The Toffee Blues (@EvertonNewsFeed) August 14, 2019
The Spaniard was impressive for Watford last season, scoring 10 goals and assisting five in 26 Premier League starts and four substitute appearances, as per WhoScored – he also averaged 1 key pass and 1.6 dribbles per game throughout the campaign.
A mix of the 25-year-old’s technical ability and the relationship he shares with the fans have led to some Evertonians suggesting they would like to have him back in a blue shirt.
The fans will be seeing him back at Goodison Park soon, though not in the capacity they would like, as Everton host Deulofeu and his Watford team-mates in their second Premier League game of the season on Saturday.
A selection of Twitter reaction to the comments, including posts from reminiscing Everton fans, can be seen below:
Lets get a petition going to make Brands sort out our right wing issues by instigating a Walcott swap deal for him ASAP
— Carl Allen (@ninetitles) August 14, 2019
Take him back all day
— Ryan Sangster (@Sangster_Ryan_D) August 14, 2019
Oh Geri! How I wish you were still at Everton. Love you so much.
— Val (@ValDaveSpain) August 14, 2019
We all appreciate quality Gerard. Pity previous managers didn’t do the same. See you Saturday. COYB.
— Jeffrey hitchmough (@Jeffreyhitchmo1) August 14, 2019
He’s magic yenoooo
— Thomas Murphy (@muff1878) August 14, 2019
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Ahhhhhh he’s a diamond
— Laura Loves Tom (@Lauz_79) August 14, 2019