Everton would have needed to provide their best performance in order to get any kind of result against the Premier league champions elect. failing to meet any kind of expectations, Everton fell to a 3-1 defeat.
(Ratings are made on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being awful, 5 being average and 10 being outstanding. Any substitutions coming on after 75 minutes will receive no rating [NR]).
Manager rating – 2 – After what we felt was an ever so slight improvement in Allardyce’s mentality in the last couple of games, with changes in formation and more attacking substitutions, he once again proved his inadequacies against the better teams. The formation reverted back to the tried, tried again and failed formation, attempting to play players out of position to appease the managers own lack of knowledge or faith in any other set up. Davy Klaassen has found himself getting game time for the u23’s and even making it onto the pitch from the bench for the first team, but the moment Everton lose 2 central midfielders and Klaassen could have been useful to the teams chances, Allardyce drops him completely. More unadventurous substitutions and like for like changes when the side is 3-0 down, including leaving a woeful Wayne Rooney on the pitch after the half time break.
Jordan Pickford – 5 – After a a below par showing last time out in an Everton shirt, Pickford might have hoped for better from today’s game. England’s new number 1 might not have been at direct fault for any of the Manchester City goals, however his distribution was suspected and unnecessarily rushed on occasions. At moments in the game Pickford could do with learning to slow everything down and killing the heat in situations.
Seamus Coleman – 3 – Believe me it was hard and felt unusual to rate Seamus lower than say a 5, however based on his performance today it is justified. Pretty much every match you’d expect Coleman to be the one player to perform but today was certainly not up to his otherwise high standards. Going forward the right back struggled to make the right decision between passing or taking on the opposing defender, also often being poor on the ball. Everton had very few opportunities to score but in roads were made through Seamus, only for his final ball into the box to be poor. A player who will certainly lift his game in time for next Saturday’s derby.
Phil Jagielka – 4 – Still an improvement on Ashley Williams, however the the skippers ageing legs shown at times when City were moving the ball around fluidly. Positional awareness for the first and second goal could and should have been better. The positive of Jagielka’s game today was his readiness to confront any player not pulling their weight and Wayne Rooney and Morgan Schniederlin received numerous words of advice through out.
Michael Keane – 5 – A composed Michael Keane has started to emerge more recently with less mistakes evident when partnered by Phil Jagielka. Through no fault of his own Keane and the Everton defence conceded 3 goals, but an improvement from Keane in recent performances can’t be over looked even after today’s defeat.
Leighton Baines – 4 – Not a great deal to discuss in terms of Baines. A very quiet showing with not a great deal to highlight other than occasionally being caught in between defending the attacker inside of him or choosing to defend against the opposing winger outside of him.
Wayne Rooney – 2 – Woeful, slow, ineffective, wasteful and ridiculously uncoordinated would be our assessment of Rooney’s showing. It was an unpleasant surprise to see Rooney continue into the second half as most had seen enough in the first 45 minutes. It was the glaringly short sighted decision of Sam Allardyce to play both Morgan Schniderlin and Wayne Rooney as centre defensive midfielders, when both are not renowned for their pace or ability to move quickly and cover ground. That however doesn’t ditract from the fact that Rooney was at no standard today and was at fault positionally and in a decision making capacity for City’s 2nd and 3rd goals.
Morgan Schniderlin – 3 – Not a great deal better than Rooney, but at least made the odd challenge to try and somewhat break up a Man.city attack even only momentarily. The French midfielder has found himself something of an outcast of late and his return to the side on Saturday wasn’t that much different to the performances displayed before he lost his place in the side. His lack of legs and ability to cover ground quickly hindered Everton’s chances of closing the oppositions passes.
Yannick Bolasie – 4 – As a winger Bolasie needs to provide Everton with a constant outlet and give the opposition a threat to consider. Although he scored Everton’s only goal of the game, the performance as a whole from Bolasie was not consistent or up to the standards we require going forward. Tosun now leads the line for the Blues and his main exploit is his ability in the area, Yannick Bolasie needs to strip his game back and do away with the unnecessary step overs and full focus on delivering enough crosses into the box.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 4 – Ultimately he was played out of position to allow Allardyce to revert back to the 4-2-3-1 formation that hasn’t worked with this group of players under 3 managers. Calvert-Lewin has struggled to have effect in his natural position this season, so playing in an attacking midfield role wasn’t going to improve that. Like the majority of Everton’s squad, DCL was ineffective in his role and although he did provide some support for Tosun his lack of knowledge for the role lead to him being too far apart from his striker to make any in roads.
Theo Walcott – 4 – Another of Everton’s quiet showings on Saturday. Theo does provide a threat whenever he is within distance of the oppositions box, but the ball didn’t get to him enough to allow an impact. Walcott provides what Bolasie isn’t as it stands and constantly aims to get ball into the box, he understands his role and purpose to the team. I’d expect more from him against Liverpool next week.
Cenk Tosun – 6 – The only player in a royal Blue shirt to sense that pressuring City in possession was going to be key to us having any success. Unfortunately, when it’s only your centre forward providing that kind of desire it doesn’t real make a great deal of difference to an opposition that play the ball 90% of the time in your half of the pitch. We’re still trying to work out why Allardyce replaced him with Niasse at 3-1 down, instead of playing both strikers at the same time.
Tom Davies – 5 – Without doubt should have started the game over either Rooney or Schniderlin to give the team some grit and movement in the defensive midfield department. Tom came on and got straight amongst Manchester City and put in a few tackles to break up the ball, something we would have benefited from at the start of the game.
Beni Baningime – 4 – The wrong substitution again by Allardyce and had he have put Davy Klaassen on the bench I suspect he would have come on at this point to add support to our attacking midfield. The game had gone and City were happy to just knock the ball around by that point without attempting to try and score, making Baningime’s introduction to the game even more peculiar when your team is losing 3-1.
Oumar Niasse – 3 – To complete the poor substitutions by the manager, Niasse came on replacing Tosun. Both strikers should have played the last period of the game on the pitch together to try and muster up some kind of itchiness in the city defence.