Everton overcame the challenge of Brighton in what was a crucial game, with tough games to come.
(Ratings are made on a scale of 1-10, 1 being awful, 5 being average and 10 being outstanding. Substitutions coming on after 75 minutes will receive no rating [NR])
Manager rating – 3 – It will take a lot more than some back tracking in his press conference on Friday and some more positive substitutions for Sam to regain or even earn some support from our fans. Comparing his subs today to those at Burnley and today’s were like a breath of fresh air. No real reason to bring Mason Holgate on but the other two subs were the right ones.
Jordan Pickford – 6 – A well rounded performance and looked comfortable whenever he was called into action. A deserved clean sheet.
Seamus Coleman – 6 – It’s always great to have Seamus in the team, he gives us that extra bit of experience but composure at the back. Means as much to him to win as it does to the fans.
Phil Jagielka – 7 – Similar to Coleman, it’s always good to have him in the side. Provides the calmness and composure Williams doesn’t give. Never looked threatened today and helped Keane massively.
Michael Keane – 5 – Didn’t do anything wrong and looked more assured than his second half performance at Burnley. Looks a different player with Jagielka as his partner.
Leighton Baines – 6 – Nice to see him back, provides similar desire to Seamus Coleman on the other side and his passing helps us move forward down his flank.
Tom Davies – 7 – Performed well and was able to create himself some space to find passes from the middle of the park. Him and Rooney move us forward nicely and it has become a partnership recently that has begun to work.
Wayne Rooney – 6 – Finds more time on the ball in the deeper role, allows more freedom to find a pass and make things happen. Gives a link between midfield and defence and midfield and attack. Needs to stop taking penalties.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – 8 (MOTM) – A solid performance and one that arguably played the biggest hand in winning us the game. He could literally pick a pass to any player anywhere on the pitch. Struggled early season but has been one of few players that have realised that work rate and desire needs to be improved to raise performances and gain support from the fans. His work ethic today was tremendous.
Yannick Bolasie – 6 – Probably his best performance this season. Needs to find a final ball more consistently and reduce the amount of step overs, but created opportunities for us and carried us into good positions in their half.
Theo Walcott – 7 – Always a threat and gave us a real big impact down the wing. Provides that level of class and ability above most wingers in the league. Hopefully the injury he picked up won’t keep him out.
Cenk Tosun – 6 – Great work rate, could have had a couple in the first half alone, but gets in spaces only the better strikers would. Excited to see whats to come from him. 2 goals in 2 games.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 5 – It doesn’t benefit him to be played on the wing. Doesn’t allow him to make an impact on the game, a difficult situation for him until a new manager arrives in the summer. Certainly has the potential to be good, but maybe too similar to Tosun for them both to play together.
Mason Holgate – NR – Not really sure why Allardyce brought him on. The game didn’t dictate a defensive sub from an Everton perspective, Brighton barely threatened Jagielka and Keane. Didn’t have much opportunity to impress or otherwise.
Davy Klaassen – NR – I think it’s safe to say the standing ovation he received when he came on speaks volumes for the respect Klaassen still holds with Evertonians. A more than deserved opportunity and hopefully more to come.