Former Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu made a spectacular return to English football as he helped Watford beat defending Premier League champions Chelsea 4-1 at Vicarage Road.

Hornets fans were understandably delighted with the impact their new loan signing made during his man-of-the-match performance.

Deulofeu won the penalty that put Watford 1-0 up in the first half and then scored the third goal as the home side completed a resounding win against their fellow Londoners.

The former Barcelona midfielder is back in the Premier League having been with Everton – first on loan and then permanently – between 2013 and 2017.

And while Watford fans raved about Deulofeu’s performance, Toffees fans were also quick to take to social media to make their feelings known.

During his time at Goodison Park, the former Everton attacking midfielder made 73 appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals.

He then went on loan to AC Milan before Barcelona brought him back to the Nou Camp.

Deulofeu’s return to the spotlight comes just two days after Everton were hammered 5-1 by Arsenal in the Premier League.

Toffees fans were also quick to point out that Ademola Lookman, who headed out of the club during the transfer window, scored the winner for his new club, Red Bull Leipzig, against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.

As a result, some Everton supporters chose to criticise the club’s transfer policy while others stood by the club, arguing that the club’s signing of Theo Walcott, for example, outweighs the loss of Deulofeu.

There are mixed views over the Spain international’s time at Everton; while some fans claim the club failed to get the most out of him, others claim the management were right to allow him to leave.

It will be interesting to see whether those opinions will begin to shift if he builds on his fine start for the Hornets.

Here is a selection of the Everton tweets about his Watford home debut.


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