By Will Butcher
Everton fans were unimpressed on Twitter with Gerard Deulofeu’s display during the 3-2 Premier League loss to Watford at Vicarage Road.
The 22-year-old struggled to make an impact as the Hornets’ defence held firm for the majority of the match, after starting on the right wing and seeing out the entire 90 minutes.
Spaniard Deulofeu is likely to be given a bigger chunk of playing time following the long-term injury to summer signing Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace, but did not seize advantage on Saturday.
Despite possessing an abundance of pace and fantastic trickery that can bamboozle a defence, Deulofeu struggled as he and right-back Seamus Coleman failed to provide a right-flank connection.
Everton fans reacted with frustration on Twitter, as Deulofeu continues to show just glimpses of talent on the flanks for the Toffees.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Deulofeu & Coleman > The Chucklebrothers
— Stuart (@TheArtetaM0ney) December 10, 2016
apparently Macarthy, Deulofeu and Marallas are playing somewhere near London
— Ray (@raygurney) December 10, 2016
If I had a pound for every time Deulofeu shirked out of a challenge…
— Tom (@efctommo1878) December 10, 2016
Actually bored of Everton now, so many players just play like they're not arsed. McCarthy is a passenger and Deulofeu offers nothing.
— Alex Laing (@AJL1878) December 10, 2016
Coleman and Deulofeu don't seem to gel. Both like taking wide line maybe
— Big Dunc (@FFScout_Dunc) December 10, 2016
— Jack Wynne (@JackRobertWynne) December 10, 2016
— Fast Eddie 🏁 (@FastEddieGB) December 10, 2016
Hard to believe we once worried about Barca triggering Deulofeu's buy back clause #efc
— Wayne Hogan (@Japper_11) December 10, 2016
The 3-1 loss means Everton have stretched their disappointing run to just one win in 11 league and cup encounters, as pressure continues to mount on Ronald Koeman.
Since his £4.3million move to Goodison Park in the summer of 2015, the former Sevilla loanee has made a total of 44 league and cup appearances in which has has scored four goals.
Deulofeu will be hoping for better luck in Everton’s next fixture, which sees the Toffees host North London giants Arsenal on Tuesday night.