23-year-old inconsistent again: Three things we learned from Everton in win v Leicester
By Matt Bullin
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Everton’s 4-2 win over Leicester in the Premier League this afternoon.
Davies is the real deal
The 18-year-old outplayed Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye in Everton’s midfield and showed all the attributes needed to become a top-class player. He linked well with Ross Barkley too, with a license to break with Schneiderlin as cover, a promising sign which will please Everton’s fans. When his side were without possession he shifted across and pressed tenaciously when needed. To top it off he scored after just 30 seconds with a composed finish following a fantastic effort to keep pace and support Kevin Mirallas’ run.
Barkley shows his inconsistencies
Ross Barkley’s 90 minutes against Leicester were a perfect showcase for his inconsistencies – one of the main criticisms made of him. He played a flawless first 40 minutes and provided a brilliant cross for Romelu Lukaku to head home, but then when sent clear on the brink of half time he was unable to beat Kasper Schmeichel in a one-on-one. The England midfielder had a much quieter second half as the game settled down and he found less and less space.
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Top six finish in sight for Everton
The Toffees bounced back from a disappointing two games against Liverpool and Manchester United to cruise to three points today. Although they went behind early, they never looked under too much pressure until the final five minutes and thoroughly deserved their three points. With the win they stay in seventh, level on points with Arsenal who play tomorrow night, and three points behind United who occupy fifth – but Everton are the form side.
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