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Watford: Club’s use of Gerard Deulofeu a stroke of genius  

Watford: Club’s use of Gerard Deulofeu a stroke of genius  

Gerard Deulofeu signed for Watford exactly a year ago today, for what now looks like a bargain £11.5m. The diminutive Spaniard has found a new lease of life operating behind Troy Deeney for the Hornets.  

Gerard Deulofeu signed for Watford exactly a year ago today, for what now looks like a bargain reported £11.5m. Indeed, it’s fair to say the diminutive Spaniard has found a new lease of life operating behind Troy Deeney for the Hornets after a difficult period in his career saw him struggle following a return to Barcelona.

Since signing from the Camp Nou last summer, the 25-year-old has quickly made himself a fans’ favourite and scored 12 goals as well as setting up a further five, as well as taking the Hertfordshire outfit to the FA Cup final after THAT performance against Wolves during the Hornets’ semi-final clash.

The Hornets official Twitter account asks fans for their best memory of the former Everton man.

Deufoleu is often accused of being too inconsistent, this was certainly the case during his time at Everton, but at Vicarage Road, in a fresher role handed to him by Javi Gracia, the Spaniard seems to have put these issues behind him, and he has become an essential part of this Watford side.

Captain of the club, Deeney has spoken very highly of Deulofeu, and he looks as if he has settled in and is playing the best football of his career.

The advanced role (one he told the Watford Observer he enjoyed back in October) handed to him by Gracia allows Deulofeu to use his dribbling ability (averaging 1.6 per 90 minutes) and creativity (1 key pass over the same period) to cause havoc on the counter-attack, as Cardiff City found out twice.

His best performance though was saved for that game at Wembley. 2-0 down to Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Hornets needed some magic, and boy did Deulofeu provide it, superbly curling the ball into the top corner from a stationary position. Indeed, this triggered the comeback, and the 25-year-old scored the winner in extra-time, a crisp finish one-on-one with Rui Patricio.

Signing him from Barca, and changing his position from the wing, has proved to be an inspired move by Gracia and Watford fans will be hoping he is more than just a flash in the pan.

Hornets, how pleased have you been with Deulofeu? Join the discussion by commenting below… 

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