Gerard Deulofeu has told the Liverpool Echo ahead of Watford’s clash with Everton on Saturday that he felt comfortable at Goodison Park and that he loved the fans – and Everton fans would love him back for a third spell.
Deulofeu, 25, has spent 18 months at Watford since joining the club initially on loan in January 2018 before completing a permanent move to Vicarage Road in the summer of 2018.
He has starred for Watford so far, scoring 13 goals and laying on six assists in 41 outings. The four-time Spain international has enjoyed two spells at Everton, joining the club on loan in 2013-14 before returning in 2015.
Deulofeu left Everton a second time in the summer of 2017 following a brief loan at AC Milan. The Merseyside club remains the side he has made most appearances with, having a hand in 27 goals during his 75 Everton outings.
He told the Echo: “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,” ahead of Saturday’s game.
Everton have plenty of options out wide after bringing in Alex Iwobi from Arsenal on deadline day, with the Nigeria international rivalling Richarlison, Bernard and Theo Walcott for a place out wide.
But Everton fans have reacted to Deulofeu’s comments on Twitter by claiming they would love to see the Spaniard return to Goodison Park in the future, with one fan suggesting a swap between Deulofeu and Walcott.
If I could swap him for Walcott I wudnt hesitate
— 🦍𝕍𝕒𝕟𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕒 𝕘𝕠𝕣𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕒 🦍 (@AlphaAlien2) August 14, 2019
Decent squad player. But he has the lung capacity of a bull finch.
— Matty N (@Mattyblag) August 14, 2019
He was very inconsistent but when he was on it i cant remember a more exciting winger since kanchelskis
— COME ON YOU BLUES! (@Tezza_c1878) August 14, 2019
As a squad player definitely, nothing more though
— Joe Ainscough (@JAinscough7) August 14, 2019
I would deffo have him over Walcott
— Matthew Ellison (@matthewellison0) August 14, 2019
I'd take him back, seems a better player than he was back then, can still blow hot and cold but so do most, always liked the lad 👍
— mick mckeown (@mickmckeown80) August 14, 2019