By Harvey Byrne
Gerard Deulofeu has not been named in the Everton 18-man matchday squad to face Liverpool on Monday – and Toffees supporters on Twitter have greeted it with a mixed reaction.
The 22-year-old attacker has struggled to hit a consistent run of form for Everton this campaign, as he’s returned without a goal or an assist in 12 fixtures.
The 2015 summer signing from Barcelona had previously built up a strong reputation as a good Premier League attacker with his quick feet causing trouble to defences.
However, he is now leaving Everton supporters in two minds, as some on social media were happy that he was not in the squad to face Liverpool, while others were disappointed.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
There better be a good reason for not putting deulofeu on the bench
— Ben (@BK1878) December 19, 2016
Good team, bench looks weak though. Deulofeu?
— TT // 3️⃣9️⃣ Times. The forgotten victims. (@torturedtoffee) December 19, 2016
Happy Mirallas and Deulofeu are not playing
— David Lambden (@Lamard1978) December 19, 2016
Deulofeu not in the squad 😩
— John (@fennelsauce) December 19, 2016
Remember when we were worried Barcelona would take back Gerard Deulofeu? Whoops.
— James (@JD0958) December 19, 2016
Deulofeu not even on the bench is very strange
— Mark Hartley (@_MarkHartley) December 19, 2016
Unchanged was expecting that but thought Deulofeu would be on the bench
— Dylan kilgannon (@DylanKilgannon) December 19, 2016
Deulofeu is one of the few players who enjoy playing for us. If he's not injured, then why push him away?
— Conor Shaw (@ConorShaw) December 19, 2016
Deulofeu has played in 78 encounters for Everton in total with a return of eight goals and 18 assists.
He doesn’t seem to have hit the right notes since Ronald Koeman took charge of the club in the summer.
The Dutch manager may now be looking for his own men to play on the wing with the January window looming and the Spaniard could be one heading for the exit doors.
In other Everton news, here is the confirmed Toffees squad for the derby.