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What The Papers Say - 2 December

by Hamish Dufton @efchamishdufton

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The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.

As you would expect following his scintillating display against Stoke City, Gerard Deulofeu dominates today’s papers.

The Spanish flyer was instrumental in Saturday's 4-0 win and has drawn the plaudits from all corners.

In the Liverpool Echo, Roberto Martinez points at his 45th-minute goal as an example of the promise Deulofeu is looking to develop during his stay at Goodison Park.

The manager’s comments are augmented by Gareth Barry – a man who has played alongside some of the leading talents in world football – who adds that there is more to come from the youngster known within the dressing room as ‘Gerry’.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has also claimed that he was in for the Barcelona man’s signature.

Other notable lines from the Echo include Martinez claiming the highlight of his time at Everton is the players’ willingness to take on new ideas, while Barry has also commented on another loanee, Romelu Lukaku, saying that striker will be unaffected by recent comments from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Deulofeu, of course, was not the only man in Blue to shine against the Potters. Thrust into the starting line-up after an injury to Leighton Baines, Bryan Oviedo not only produced arguably his best performance in an Everton shirt, but capped off a fantastic display with his first Toffees goal. He is under the spotlight within the Echo.

A look at the national papers sees Deulofeu mentioned by most, with the likes of the Daily Star and Daily Mail suggesting the Spaniard is destined for big things at parent club Barcelona off the back of his time on Mewrseyside.

Away from precocious talents on loan at the Toffees, Landon Donovan – who has enjoyed two temporary spells at Goodison already – has been denied the chance of a potential third by his manager Bruce Arena, who insists the US talisman needs a rest ahead of the World Cup.

The Daily Telegraph has also picked up on the fact that Saturday’s win saw both Everton full-backs score in the same league game for the first time. The same paper also says that Barry and Lukaku could do their respective parent clubs a big favour should the Toffees win at Arsenal on Saturday.

Finally, the Guardian begins previewing the anticipated first clash between David Moyes’ Manchester United and Martinez’s Everton. 

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