Seamus Coleman: Gerard Deulofeu like Cristiano Ronaldo


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Everton full-back Seamus Coleman believes Gerard Deulofeu is similar to a young Cristiano Ronaldo and the Irishman is confident the winger can help the club win silverware.

The Spain international, who arrived at Goodison Park on a permanent deal from Barcelona this summer, has been in sensational form and has been catching the eye of several top European outfits.

He has already notched six Premier League assists and the Toffees are currently on a six-match unbeaten run across all competitions.

The latest outing was a League Cup quarter-final clash against Middlesbrough and Deulofeu was the star of the show once again, scoring the first before setting up the second goal for Romelu Lukaku in the 2-0 triumph.

Everton take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Monday night and all three points would take the club back into contention for a European position, with eight points separating them from fourth-placed Manchester United.

Roberto Martinez’s side are 2.05 favourites to record a home win, the draw is 3.50 shot and the Eagles are 3.60 for all three points.

Deulofeu’s future is certainly looking bright and the 21-year-old has now been touted as the new Ronaldo by team-mate Coleman.

“I remember when Cristiano Ronaldo broke on the scene first at Manchester United and he was known for his stepovers,” the Republic of Ireland international said. “Well, the goal Gerry [Deulofeu] set up at Middlesbrough the other night was similar, with the stepovers and then a great final ball.”

Everton won their last encounter against Palace back in January when Lukaku got himself on the scoresheet and the Belgium international will be hoping to continue his good run of form, with the striker already notching 10 league goals this season.

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