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'Fans Will Help Gerard'

Support of Goodison can aid Deulofeu’s development, says boss.

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Roberto Martinez believes Everton's welcoming fanbase can help nurture the special talent of Gerard Deulofeu.

The Barcelona winger made his Blue bow as a late substitute against Real Madrid at the weekend after signing on loan amidst much hype this summer.

And having already felt the embrace of Evertonians in his first few months in charge, Martinez considers the support on Merseyside provides an ideal environment for the youngster's development.

He told evertontv: "We need to be patient as he's a young man, but in the same manner I think we can enjoy his quality.

“You saw a flash of his undoubtedly special talent [against Madrid].

Gerard Deulofeu

"He's decided to come to Everton and we need to look after him well.

"The warmth of our fans and Goodison will help him to grow, but clearly he's got the talent to help the team and we're really excited about Gerard's progress."

Deulofeu could again feature in the Blues' final US tour fixture - against Valencia on Tuesday evening (9pm in Miami, 2am on Wednesday morning UK time). Click here to purchase evertontv Live's coverage and On Demand playback for £3.99.

Perry WallaceReally nice to have this much depth in the attacking third...this kid can change games as a sub

Tuesday 6th August 06:22 Report Comment

patrick liddaneThis lad is going to get the Evertonians off their seats. Hope he gets some game time in our next two games. Things looking good for the start of the season.

Monday 5th August 19:57 Report Comment

Ryan Schuppid love to see Kev, Ross and Gerard on the pitch together i think they'd make for some highly entertaining football with a flair that we haven't seen in a while

Monday 5th August 18:47 Report Comment

stephen taitTotally Agree Hugh. And be good to see Jelavic start - he deserves it and think he will knock a few in for us. COYB

Monday 5th August 18:25 Report Comment

Hugh DanielsGive the lad a full 45 against Valencia and lets see what he can do....come on Gerard!!!!

Monday 5th August 17:24 Report Comment
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