Everton defied concerns that an unaccommodating fixture list – facing four of last season’s top six in the space of four games – would create a sticky start to the season with a strong performance against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night.
The Toffees failed to take advantage of the title-hoping hosts going a man down after Kyle Walker incurred a second yellow card but still came away from Manchester with a huge point, especially considering Pep Guardiola’s side are expected to battle it out at the Premier League’s summit this term.
Vital to the result was the effectiveness in which Dominic Calvert-Lewin lead the line, causing problems for City’s back three on the break while providing the physical presence and creativity in the final third to bring Wayne Rooney into the game – epitomised by the 6 foot 1 Englishman assisting his compatriot for the second time this season.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, therefore, it was Calvert-Lewin who ran away with our poll when we asked Everton fans earlier this week to vote for their Man of the Match. In a fine display from the 20-year-old, he created four chances, completed two dribbles, won two aerial duels and two fouls.