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Former Everton left-back Michael Ball has heaped the praise on Bernard in his latest column from The Liverpool Echo following his recent performance against West Ham United.
Everton returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over the Hammers. Bernard scored the opener at Goodison Park with some tricky play in the box, as he tapped the ball under Roberto in the first half.
Ball said: “I’ve said this since he first came to the club but if I was playing against Bernard in a match, I’d try and kick him as hard as I could but he’s like a little terrier and I love his work-rate coming back.
“With his size you’d think he might be a bit of a pushover but he’s one of those players who you’d hate to play against in a five or six-a-side in training every day.
“He twists and turns and as a former full-back, just watching him my knees get a bit of a twinge. Bernard has got that type of ability in him so it’s no surprise that he scored that type of goal.
Bernard’s goal at the weekend was his second of the season, which now puts him as the joint top scorer for the club so far in the Premier League. Fans were buzzing to see Bernard back on the pitch, as his trickery and speed can be menacing on his day.
It was only the fifth league game in which he started, whilst he also started 25 league games last season. However, his performances and two goals thus far should put him down as one of the first forwards on the teamsheet.
Alex Iwobi also proved his worth in the number ten role with a 9/10 display, per Liverpool Echo and, if last weekend is anything to go by, the former Shakhtar Donetsk man may have an opportunity to make the left-wing role his own moving forward.