Although David Moyes had commanded the Goodison Park dugout for 11 years, it was the new man in charge who has been earning all the plaudits.
Frank Lampard’s efforts to repair the wedge Rafa Benitez drove between players and fans has been nothing short of sensational and rank highly on the list of positive impacts he has had on the club.
However, probably his most miraculous turnaround was the decision to move underperforming winger Alex Iwobi to central midfield.
From what was seen as another piece of terrible business, having spent £34m on the Nigerian back in 2019, the former Arsenal man somehow now continues to prove why he should be the first name on the team sheet for his 44-year-old boss.
His performance against the Hammers further cemented this status, where he again produced a workmanlike yet classy display that only serves to enamour him more with the Goodison faithful and his manager.
To claim such an award in a game which saw so many fine performers further proves his importance to the team.
He was a creative influence throughout, and despite losing possession 18 times, it is clear that his desire to try something different paid off with the goal.
However, it is his defensive workload that truly leaves fans speechless.
From a toothless winger offering little creativity, his three clearances, one blocked shot and one tackle supports the statement made by Joe Thomas of how he is the catalyst for an Everton team showing “lots more bite.”
Somehow he has turned his career round on Merseyside, much to the delight of the fans, and the confidence his performances are breeding only serves to improve him further.
He has quickly become a fan favourite, and performances such as this will only strengthen the bond he has formed with the Evertonians.