By Dominic Toner
Everton midfielder Gerard Deulofeu believes their arranged pre-season match against Espanyol will be a great test just a week before the Premier League kicks off.
The Spanish side finished 13th in La Liga last season and are under new management with former Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores taking charge.
He told Everton’s website: “Playing against a Spanish team will be good experience for us. The teams in Spain play with good tactic and have good managers – you can learn from those.”
Flores will bring his new side to Goodison park for the friendly just seven days before the start of the league season against Tottenham, before then the Merseyside club will also face Manchester United, Barnsley, MK Dons, Dyandom Dresden and either Real Betis or Werder Bremen.
Deulofeu joined Everton from Barcelona in 2015 after a successful 12-month loan spell at the club two seasons before.
The Spaniard has made 29 appearances and scored four goals during his first stay, which promoted a permanent transfer of £4.2million for the 22-year-old.
The right-winger is contracted at the Merseyside club until 2018 and is expected to feature under new manager Ronald Koeman.
Koeman has already added goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and Oldham’s Chris Renshaw to his squad, as he prepares to mount a European push for the upcoming season.
In other Everton news, a premier league club have joined the race to sign Foeman’s £37million priority target.