First Team 21/04/2019

Foster: “Deulofeu Can Always Win You Games”

Ben Foster says Gerard Deulofeu can always win you games, after the little magician scored two goals to defeat Huddersfield on the road.

They were his fifth and sixth goals in his last five Premier League away games, backing up Foster’s claim about the Hornets’ match-winner.

He has been accused of being inconsistent in the past, and has needed to adjust to playing in a more central striking position this season, but now seems to be putting all that behind him with a string of impressive performances.

“With players like Geri, you are going to have times where you might get a little bit frustrated, but he’s somebody that is so invaluable to the team,” said Foster.

“You want him in your team because he can always win you games. 

“He’s always looking to go forward with the ball, and sometimes he drags the whole team with him. It’s nice to watch.”

Deulofeu opens the scoring for Watford after just five minutes

Deulofeu has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last nine appearances in all competitions for the Golden Boys, and two of those were near-identical.

His first goal in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against Wolves dazzled, and he reproduced that same technique for the opener at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The ball arced towards the far corner and found the back of the net via the base of the post – it’s no fluke – something that the former Barcelona man does all the time, says Foster.

“He’s lovely at that – once he’s got you stood still you’re in trouble!” said the former England goalkeeper. 

“It’s got minimum backlift. He’s got real control and knows exactly where he’s putting it – he does that in training all the time. 

“He’s a nightmare because he’s one of those who can make you sit down. He can beat you with his left foot, his right foot, he can go round you, or he can do that dinky shot thing where the goalie has no chance.”

First Team 21/04/2019

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