Fabulous Walcott, average Tosun – The best and the worst-rated Everton players vs Southampton

Everton player ratings vs Southampton: Who impressed and who did not?

Everton continued their fine start to the new season as goals from Theo Walcott and Richarlison guided the Merseysiders to a 2-1 Premier League victory over Southampton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Walcott opened the scoring against his boyhood club in the 15th minute, following a fantastically worked set-piece routine that left Southampton absolutely bamboozled. Walcott then turned provider for Richarlison, who admirably met the cross to make it 2-0.

Danny Ings — on loan from Liverpool — pulled one back after the break for Southampton but the visitors were unable to salvage a point.

Everton player ratings

Jordan Pickford- 6/10

Pickford had an awkward moment when he spilt Cedric Soares’ long-range effort in the first half but was otherwise solid and commanding in the goal.

Seamus Coleman- 7/10

Coleman was handed the captain’s armband due to Phil Jagielka’s suspension — a decision which worked wonders as the Irishman showed plenty of vigour going forward. When it came to defending in numbers after the break, he did that as well.

Mason Holgate- 7/10

Holgate grabbed his opportunity with both hands, dishing a calm and assured display at the heart of the Everton defence.

Michael Keane- 7/10

Keane was a brick wall at the back, dominating the opposition in the air. He looked confident on the ball too.

Leighton Baines- 7/10

Baines is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, today’s game was another testament to his power in front of the home crowd.

Idrissa Gueye- 6/10

Diligent and tenacious as always, Gueye shielded the Everton back line quite well. His passing was bit sloppy but overall, it was a strong performance.

Morgan Schneiderlin

Morgan Schneiderlin- 7/10

It was a shame for Marco Silva to lose Schneiderlin to injury in the afternoon but the Frenchman had already claimed a smart assist for Walcott’s opener.

Gylfi Sigurdsson- 8/10

Excellent. Sigurdsson possesses fantastic playmaking abilities which he showcased proudly against the Saints. Under an attack-minded manager, the Iceland international will certainly blossom.

Theo Walcott- 9/10

A fabulous display against his boyhood club with some lung-busting runs on the right. Scored the opener with aplomb and then provided the pinpoint cross for the second.

Richarlison- 8/10

Three goals in two games isn’t a bad start for Everton’s record buy. Richarlison showed his true quality, harassing the Southampton defence with his pace and directness.

Cenk Tosun- 5/10

Tosun worked hard but desperately needs a goal to regain his confidence.

Substitutes

Tom Davies- 5/10

Davies replaced the injured Schneiderlin in the first half and slotted in well alongside Gueye.

Read more: Good job Silva: Why Everton have done a fantastic job by offloading this fringe player

Dominic Calvert-Lewin- 5/10

Replaced the seemingly tired Tosun to add some late energy to Everton’s attack.

Oumar Niasse- N/A

Came in with five minutes left.

Written by Rohan Sengupta

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