Unai Emery singles out Watford's Gerard Deulofeu for praise: 'He is showing now a big performance'
- Unai says Javi Gracia's position switch worked well for the 25-year-old.
- He plays more like a striker, which contributed to the latest successes of Watford as they reached the FA Cup final.
- The boss adds the Hornets approach the clash in a good moment.
The former Sevilla winger helper Emery to win one of three Europa League titles. He spent one season (2014/15) under the Spanish manager on loan from Barcelona before joining Everton.
“He played with me as a right-winger but Javi Gracia is pushing him like a striker because with [Troy] Deeney it is a good combination between them in different moments.
“Both are completely different players and they also have [Andre] Gray and then a second line like [Abdoulaye] Doucoure, [Will] Hughes and [Roberto] Pereyra — they are in a good moment, have confidence and play in front of their supporters tonight, so it will demand a lot [from us].
“I think it is a positive for Deulofeu, he is a very good player and is now getting better, taking more confidence and gaining more experience.
“He is playing very well. He made the difference last week against Wolves in the FA Cup semi-final, with two amazing goals. I like him a lot. I think Javi is doing great work with him and he is showing now a big performance and also I think Watford supporters are enjoying him.”