Nathan Patterson and Amadou Onana were rated as great performers for Everton, while three other players received negative ratings at Leeds. The following are the player ratings for Tuesday’s 1-1 match between Everton and Leeds United:
Did a fantastic job of reading the game and coming out to halt Rodrigo when he was attempting an assault in the first half. Could have possibly done better with the goal, although he was unsighted, he made some crucial other saves in the second half to prevent Leeds from taking full advantage of their opportunity.
Before halftime, made a couple of excellent interceptions to prevent dangerous crosses from getting into the box. After a somewhat rough start to the second half, rebounded to look extremely powerful again. However, he may come to deeply regret the fact that he was unable to convert a wonderful chance into a goal.
He has been confronted with questions over his ability to play in a back-four formation, but he did an excellent job of answering those questions today. His leadership talents, in particular, were on full show, as he was continually directing others around them where they should be and when they should make their run.
Although Joe Gelhardt was able to get a few chances out of him when the ball was on the ground, had dominated in the air throughout the first half and extended that dominance in the second session.
Had to perform a lot of defensive work during the course of the half and held up to it quite well, but he began the second period on the back foot and didn’t really find his stride again after that point in time. This is going to be a challenging situation for him.
In the first half, he was given a booking for making an unnecessary effort to kick the ball away from Illan Meslier, but happily, that decision did not end up being detrimental to the team’s performance. However, he wasn’t quite up to the level of his comrades next to him.
He continued his strong play from the previous match against Brentford by turning in a performance that was very refined and reliable throughout the whole match. He was full of solid tackles, smart interceptions, and precise passing, and he even came close to scoring when a corner was sent his way; the only thing that prevented him from scoring was a header in front of an empty goal.
What a pass that was to Gordon to set up Everton’s first goal; he threaded a through ball with almost no response time directly into the path of the winger to fool his opponent and put Everton ahead. Once again, he delivered an outstanding performance for his club, and he is really the first name on the teamsheet right now.
The summer signing had a bustling first half, and he played a crucial part in the first goal, along with Iwobi. However, his effort away from the ball was more important than anything he could manage when he had the ball in his control, and he is still looking for the true spark that would ignite his Everton career.
When he played through the middle, he at least provided the defenders with something to think about; yet, it is quite evident that he is not a natural in that position. The referee judged that he was only inches offside when he scored the goal that was ultimately disallowed, but it came close to giving the Blues the victory.
Two wins in a row with at least one goal scored, well, that’s hard to disagree with, is it not? It was yet another thrilling and high-tempo performance from the 21-year-old, and he capped it off with a great finish of his own, which was yet another highlight.
Some Leeds supporters are already talking about anti-football, but that kind of debate is for the jaded. If Leeds wants to play their style of front-foot football, they need to learn how to overcome deep defenses and time-wasting. Someone will always attempt to stop their momentum, and on this occasion, Everton was quite successful in doing what needed to be done to stop it.
At some point in the future, they will need a Plan B – having a striker will be helpful – but for the time being, Lampard will be really happy to see that his teammates actually have the balls to play.
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