Gerard Deulofeu Biography
Gerard Deulofeu, born Gerard Deulofeu Lázaro, is a professional football player from Spain. He mainly plays as a forward but he can also play on both wings. He currently plays for Watford Football Club of the Premier League.
In addition, he plays for the Spanish national team. He has represented Spain over 80 times at the under-16, under-17, under-19, under-20, and under-21 levels. He was the 2012 UEFA Under-19 Championship Golden Player. He made his debut for the Spain national football team in 2014.
Gerard Deulofeu Age
He was born on the 14th of March in 1994. He was 24 years old as of 2018.
Gerard Deulofeu Family
He was born in Riudarenes in Spain. He was born to Marcel Deulofeu and Maria Jesús Lázaro. He is an only child. He has a girlfriend named Mari Vilches.
Gerard Deulofeu Career
He joined Barcelona’s youth academy at the age of nine in 2003. He was promoted to the Under-13 team in 2005. While still registered with the junior team, he made his senior debut on the 2nd of March in 2011. He appeared for the B-team in a 4-1 away win over Cordoba in the Segunda División when he came on as a sub in the 75th minute for Eduard Oriol. He was called up to the senior squad for the first time on the 29th of April 2011 in a La Liga match against Real Sociedad. He did not play, however, as the game ended in a 1-2 home loss. His Barcelona first team debut came on the 3rd of August in a 1-4 home friendly loss against Mexican side Guadalajara. He was instrumental in the Barca’s 2-0 win three days later over Mexico’s Club América by providing the assist for Seydou Keita’s 90th-minute goal. His debut goal as a senior came on the 16th of September in 2012, in a 1-2 home loss at the hands of Hércules. His first official appearance with the main squad was on the 29th of October when he replaced Cesc Fàbregas in the 63rd minute. The match ended in a 5-0 home victory over Mallorca. In the 2012-13 season, he scored 18 goals in the B division. He signed a professional contract with the Barca first team on the 15th of May in 2013, a contract that would see him at the Camp Nou till June of 2017.
He was signed on to Premier League side Everton on a season-long loan on the 10th of July in 2013. On the 29th of August, he scored his debut goal for Everton in the 2-1 victory over Stevenage in the second round of the Football League Cup. On the 30th of November, he scored his first Premier League goal in a 4-0 win over Stoke City. He scored again eight days later in the 85th minute in a 1-1 away draw against Arsenal. On the 14th of December in 2013, he suffered a hamstring injury in a 4-1 victory over Fulham. The injury put him off the pitch for five weeks. His third and last league goal for Everton came on the 15th of March in 2014, during a 2-1 home win over Cardiff City. He was instrumental in helping Everton secure 72 points(their best ever tally) that helped them finish the season in 5th place. He was promoted to the Barca first team following the end of his loan spell.
Then Barca manager, Luis Enrique granted him a first-team place in Mat of 2014. On the 14th of August Sevilla acquired the services of Deulofeu for a loan after reaching an agreement with Barcelona. He admitted to being surprised with the turn of events. He made his Sevilla debut on the 30th of August in a 2-1 away win over Espanyol. On the 18th of September, he made his UEFA Europa League debut where he provided both assists in their 2-0 win over Feyenoord. He scored his first goal on the 24th of September, netting the winning goal in a home victory over Real Sociedad. His loan was considered hugely unsuccessful. He was selected in Spanish newspaper’s Marca’s Worst team of the season.
On the 1st of July in 2015, he joined Everton permanently on a transfer fee reported to be £4.2 million. His first goal as a permanent Everton player came via freekick as his team came from behind to win 2-1 away at Reading. This was in the third round of the League Cup. On the 1st of November, he celebrated his first league goal in a 6-2 home demolishing of Sunderland.
On the 23rd of January in 2017, he joined AC Milan for the second half of the 2016-17 season on loan. He made his debut with Milan two days later when he played in the Coppa Italia quarter-final match against Juventus. He came on as a substitute for Carlos Bacca in the 1-2 home defeat. He made his league debut on the 29th of January when he came on for Giacomo Bonaventura in a 1-2 loss against Udinese. He made his first assist on the 8th of February in a 0-1 away victory over Bologna. He scored his debut Milan goal 11 days later in a 2-1 home victory over Fiorentina.
The 30th of June 2017 saw him return to Barcelona as the club activated their buy-back clause for him. He scored his first goal for Barca on the 21st of October in a 2-0 home win over Málaga.
He joined Premier League side, Watford on the 29th of January 2018, on a loan deal. He scored his first Watford goal on the 5th of February in a 4-1 Premier League win over Chelsea. On the 11th of June, he was signed to Watford on a permanent deal for a reported fee of €13 million. He made history when he became the first Watford player to score a Premier League hat-trick on the 22nd of February in 2019, in a 5-1 home win over Cardiff City.
He played for the Spanish Under-17 team from 2009 to 2011. He was instrumental in helping them finish runner-up at the 2010 UEFA European Championship. He won two consecutive European Championships while with the Under-19 team. In addition, he was selected as the best player in the 2012 edition. On the 30th of May in 2014, he was promoted to the senior squad. He was part of the 19 man squad selected to play in the friendly against Bolivia. He was given the number 7 jersey. He, however, was not included in the squad selected for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He scored a hat-trick while captaining the Under-21 team in a 5-0 win over Georgia. This was on the 12th of November in 2015 for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualification. On the 28th of March in 2017, he scored his first goal for the Spain senior squad after coming off the bench. He appeared twice for Spain as a substitute in 2017: in a 2-2 friendly draw against Columbia and an 8-0 demolishing of Liechtenstein in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.