Gerard Deulofeu has had plenty of moves in his career. He went from Barcelona to Everton, then Sevilla, Milan and back again, but it is arguably at his current club, Watford, where he has made the biggest change of all.
The 25-year-old had spent the entirety of his career as a winger – impressing with his speed up and down the flanks – but last season, he played as a striker.
It was a shrewd change too, with Deulofeu producing his best goal return since playing for Barcelona B in the 2012/13 season – 12 goals in all competitions, plus five assists – and the Spaniard says he has always had his eye on a central role.
He told Sky Sports: “We spoke with the manager [Javi Gracia] at the beginning of the season and he said to me that I was going to play as a striker. Years before, I had been thinking that I wanted to play as a striker because you are nearer to the goal and you have more chances to score.
“Last season was really good for us, we can improve, of course and I can also improve my statistics. But I’m happy and I want to continue in that position.
“I had to adapt myself to Watford’s style because there is a lot of long balls, direct and second balls. I had to adapt myself in that team and that type of football. In the last four or five months, I enjoyed playing with Troy [Deeney] and with people who go to the challenge and after, I can take some chances.