By Dominic Toner

Everton forward Gerard Deulofeu grabbed a goal and an assist in their pre-season win over MK Dons on Tuesday.

Manager Ronald Koeman has opted to use the Spaniard as a striker instead of on the wing and the switch has paid off, with the 22-year-old scoring in two consecutive friendly games.

He could be the solution to Everton’s striker issue, as the Sun claim that their top-scorer from last season Romelu Lukaku is still hopeful of returning to former club Chelsea.

Deulofeu joined Everton from Barcelona in 2015 after a successful 12-month loan spell at the club two seasons before.

The Spaniard made 29 appearances and scored four goals during his first stay, which promoted a permanent transfer of £4.2million for the youngster.

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He is contracted at the Merseyside club until 2018 and is expected to feature heavily under Koeman this season.

Deulofeu will be hoping to continue his recent form into the league and has the full support of fans on Twitter who were impressed with his performance against MK Dons.

Everton begin their Premier League campaign at Goodison Park against Tottenham on 13 August.

In other Everton team news, former fan-favourite has taken a new managerial position.