After Raul Jimenez put Wolves 2-0 up at Wembley Stadium last week, Watford’s FA Cup journey looked set to end in heartbreak and disappointment, but Gerard Deulofeu’s second-half introduction saw the game flipped on its head.
Having pulled one back for the Hornets in spectacular style, the Spaniard would go on to seize the day and score his second in extra time after Troy Deeney equalised from the spot in the 94th minute.
The former Barcelona man is capable of mercurial moments of outstanding quality but equally prone to going missing when his side need his pace and skill the most. Fortunately for Watford, his performance in the FA Cup semi-final saw much more of the former, although Guillem Balague thinks the speedster can only get better from this point:
“He hasn’t been in a place like he is now. He hasn’t been in a place where he feels like he’s treated differently, where he’s a bit special. The coach has identified that maybe that’s the way to get the best out of him.
“He feels important, he is not a promising player anymore. He is a player who scores important goals, but there is still a lot of room for improvement and he is aware of that.
“It’s good that he knows the most important thing is the next training session, the next game, and with that you will maximise your potential. Some people reach that conclusion when they are 17, some find it when they are 24. He has that now.
“I think you are going to see the best of Deulofeu very soon.”
Indeed, the 25-year-old winger has grown from being ‘one for the future’ into ‘one for the present’ at Vicarage Road and the partnership he has forged with captain Deeney strikes fear into all opposition defences.
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Javi Gracia has been able to get the best out of every player, Deulofeu included, and Balague seems to believe that the Watford boss is largely responsible for his countryman’s transformation this campaign.
One thing is for sure, if the Wembley Stadium masterclass wasn’t even the best the electric number 7 has to offer, as Balague says, then Hornets fans are in for a real treat soon enough.