Gerard Deulofeu says he is enjoying his role as a makeshift Everton forward.
The 22-year-old is turning out to be quite the goalscoring threat this pre-season, with his early goal against MK Dons on Tuesday adding to his previous finish against Barnsley at the weekend.
And while Deulofeu's success in the 'false 9' position may have come as a surprise to some of the Everton faithful, that's not the case for the player himself, who has returned to a role he adopted on numerous occasions prior to joining the Blues.
Speaking to evertontv after also teeing up a goal for Ross Barkley in the 3-1 victory at Stadium MK, Deulofeu said: “I like playing centre-forward a lot because I’m near to the goal and I have more chances. I’ve played there before for Barcelona ‘B’ and I’m a quick player, so normally I’m too quick for the centre-halves and I can run in behind them. My feeling playing centre-forward is very good.”
Deulofeu's opener, after a defensive mix-up by Karl Robinson's League One Dons, might have gone down as an own goal - but the talented Spaniard doesn’t believe so.
“No, it’s my goal!" he exclaimed. "I got a little bit lucky but it’s definitely my goal.”
More impressive than bundling the ball over the line however was the delightful run and cross from which Barkley put Everton two to the good.
A fluid team move, Deulofeu insists there is still plenty of room for improvement with four pre-season fixtures remaining before the Premier League opener against Spurs on 13 August.
He added: “It was a good move by the team. We recovered the ball quickly and after a good cross to Ross, he produced a good finish.
"I think as a team we need to keep more of the possession but it’s only the third week back in training. We need to improve on the mistakes but we have a good feeling already this season.
“We go to Germany now for the Dresden Cup and we hope the two games are positive for the team because the first game in the Premier League against Tottenham is getting near.”
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