Everton left it late to secure a third consecutive Premier League win on Sunday, eventually breaking the deadlock in the 87th minute before doubling their lead shortly after to tally up a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace.
Substitutes Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun grabbed the goals to get the Toffees over the line at Goodison Park, but where did their performances rank amongst the rest of Marco Silva’s side? Football FanCast issue player ratings for Everton’s three best and three worst against the Eagles, and then give Toffees fans the chance to have their say…
Andre Gomes – 5.5: Perhaps a little harsh considering the Portuguese playmaker was making his Everton debut after only just returning from injury but his impact was largely limited to crisp yet largely sideways passing. He was also dispossessed three times in central midfield – the joint-highest amount of any Everton player.
Bernard – 5.5: The winger kept getting himself into useful positions but poor decision making and lack of output were the key frustrations. He could have squared the ball to Theo Walcott to give Everton the lead much earlier but didn’t get his head up and was eventually snuffed out by James McArthur. That summed up the Brazilian’s underwhelming afternoon.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – 6: By no means an abysmal performance but a disappointing one considering the standards the Iceland international has set himself this season. With Palace sitting so deep, Sigurdsson should have taken control of the match but a few wild swings at goal from distance were all he could muster up. He also suffered the most unsuccessful touches of any player on the pitch, a staggering six.
Ademola Lookman – 7: The young winger looked electric the moment he walked onto the pitch and his impact was felt just five minutes after when Lookman’s dipping cross found the head of fellow substitute Calvert-Lewin. With Bernard below par, Lookman will feel he deserves to start away at Old Trafford next time out if Richarlison continues as the centre-forward.
Idrissa Gueye – 7.5: Everton’s defensive midfielder was his usual relentless self in the middle of the park, chalking up a whopping five tackles and five interceptions to snuff out those threatening Crystal Palace counter-attacks. He also completed 92% of his passes and ranked only behind Lucas Digne for touches during an incredibly productive afternoon.
Michael Keane – 8: Having played a pivotal hand in not only Everton’s clean sheet but also their second goal by sweeping the ball over the top to substitute Tosun, Keane takes our Man of the Match award. With Yerry Mina on the substitutes bench, both Everton centre-halves appeared keen to impress and the England international certainly delivered with a commanding display that saw him win nine headers, make eight clearances and three tackles.
So, Everton fans, who impressed and disappointed you most against Palace? Let us know by taking part below and giving each player a performance rating out of ten…