COMMENT By Harvey Byrne

Football Insider analyses three things we learned about Everton in their 2-1 defeat against Leciester in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Valencia is not the answer

Enner Valencia started the match upfront alongside Romelu Lukaku in a 3-5-2 formation, which saw many fans hope that he could be the answer upfront to take the pressure off the Belgian. The 27-year-old Ecuador international saw a  number of chances fall his way, but he was mainly wasteful and ended the match without a goal. The player on loan from West Ham is not the answer to solve the Toffees’ forward woes and he is more suited to a position out wide. It would be better for Ronald Koeman to cut short his season-long loan this month and find a more clinical finisher in the January market.

Davies is a gem

Tom Davies was handed a start for the Toffees with Senegal international Idrissa Gueye heading to the AFCON this month. The 18-year-old didn’t look out of place in the line-up and covered the summer signing with relative ease. The youth prospect’s technical ability and footwork is that of a player well above his age. The match on Saturday marked just his seventh senior appearance for the club and it looks like the England Under-19 international could be another gem to come through the Everton youth ranks. He was probably the only Everton player who could hold their head up after the defeat, which is telling.

Koeman needs more signings

Ronald Koeman made the decision to swap Southampton for Merseyside in the summer with owner Farhad Moshiri promising him millions. The Dutch manager brought in five senior players in the summer, but the team still needs a lot more work after two 11th placed finishes under former boss Roberto Martinez. Everton have already brought in young starlet Ademola Lookman from Charlton this window, but it is unclear whether he will be able to make an instant impact having only played at Championship and League One level. It did however become clear on Saturday that the Toffees need a new attacker after struggling to create anything meaningful and the Merseysiders must spend if they are to stay in the top half of the Premier League table.

In other Everton news, fans reacted on Twitter to Holgate’s inclusion in the line-up ahead of the match