By Alex Stevens
Everton rookie Tom Davies was better than his teammates put together in their 5-0 humiliation against Chelsea on Saturday night, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo player ratings made for uncomfortable reading for Ronald Koeman’s players after their abject performances at Stamford Bridge.
All 11 starting players were given a lowly rating of either three or four, as were two of the substitutes Aaron Lennon and Kevin Mirallas.
But 18-year-old midfielder Davies, the third sub utilised by Koeman, impressed during a 24-minute cameo that was only his third Premier League appearance and only his fifth in total for Everton.
“It’s easy to praise a youngster on a day like this,” the Echo reported. “But he genuinely showed more heart during a late cameo than the rest of the Everton team put together.”
An Eden Hazard brace and goals from Marco Alonso, Diego Costa and Pedro secured a memorable triumph for Chelsea and lifted them to the top of the Premier League.
Antonio Conte’s side moved one point clear of Manchester City, who were held to a 1-1 draw at home against Middlesbrough earlier on Saturday.
For Everton, it was a night to forget as they failed to contain Chelsea even though Ronald Koeman rejigged his formation and deployed a three-man defence in a bid to counteract the home side’s 3-4-3 formation.
Everton remain sixth in the Premier League but they have slipped seven points behind the new leaders from Stamford Bridge.
In other Everton news, Marouane Fellaini named this Toffees ace in his best-ever XI.