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Barcelona coach Valverde: Now time for Deulofeu to step up

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admits Ousmane Dembele's injury has opened the door for Gerard Deulofeu.

With Dembele facing four months out, Valverde says he'll be turning to Deulofeu as a replacement for the Frenchman - beginning with Eibar this week.

"I expect him to score many goals, to make a lot of decisive passes," said Valverde.

"I want him to pose problems to the adversary on his side - and that he defends."

Deulofeu has battled for form and opportunity since his summer arrival from Everton.

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