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Garrett’s Player Ratings.

It was a desperately needed victory for Everton at Goodison Park against title contenders Chelsea in a hard-fought battle that saw Gylfi Sigurdsson of all people find the winner from the penalty spot.

Despite conceding the vast majority of the ball throughout the game, Everton defended very effectively and carried a lot of threat on the counter when Chelsea pushed high, which was nearly the entire match.

Despite a few scares, Everton restricted the Londoners to very few clear cut chances, as they only registered 3 shots on target. They also uncharacteristically did not ever look like conceding when killing the game off in the final 15 minutes or so.

The contrast in defensive quality between this game and the rest of the season was clear to see and a clean-sheet against the second-highest scoring team in the league is a testament to Carlo Ancelotti’s pre-match comments about how hard the Toffees have been working on the defensive side of their game.

In the end, it was Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty kick conversion that won all three points for the Blues, and Everton have started a very testing holiday period with their third consecutive home victory against Chelsea. Here are my player ratings for Everton’s crucial victory on Saturday night.

Jordan pickford
It can never be drama free with Jordan Pickford, can it? He has his good and bad moments in every match. On the positive side, he made a decent stop to deny Reece James from a freekick in the first half and then just moments later made a fantastic finger-tip save to push James’ driven effort off the post. He also then saved Zouma’s close-range attempt which resulted from a dangerous corner delivery. In the second half, however, he got caught out after a weak punch and was very fortunate not to be chipped by Mason Mount, whose effort sailed just over the bar. Pickford was again beaten by Mount from a freekick, which the Chelsea midfielder clanked off the far post after Pickford cheated too far to his left. I’ll give Pickford a 7 for keeping a clean sheet under pressure, but I still think he is a liability who needs replacing sooner than later.
Garrett’s Rating
7
7
MASON HOLGATE
It was only Mason Holgate’s third game of the Premier League season and his first at right-back in years today, and I thought he was absolutely brilliant. He never got beat by Werner down Chelsea’s left and consistently made blocks and clearances. His engine was on full display when he sprinted 60 yards down the right touchline during the closing stages of the match. I think the whole backline was brilliant, and Mason was a big part of that as a make-shift fullback. Hopefully, the Holgate of last year is back to stay!
Garrett’s Rating
8.5
8.5
Michael Keane
Chelsea are certainly a dangerous team in the air, especially when the likes of Olivier Giroud and Kurt Zouma are in the XI. That being said, I don’t think Chelsea fashioned a single shot on target from crossing opportunities, and that is a huge victory for Micheal Keane and Yerry Mina. They were mammoth in the air and despite Everton only having 28% possession throughout the match, made countless blocks and interceptions which led to Chelsea only managing 3 shots on target in the entire game. It was a defensive masterclass today from the Toffees, which is a stark contrast to the awful defensive record that has haunted them as of late.
Garrett’s Rating
8.5
8.5
yERRY mINA
The same goes for Yerry Mina! I just wish he would have let that one cross go through to Calvert-Lewin, who had a much better chance of scoring, but otherwise, I cannot fault him for anything. I have often said that the big Colombian has been Everton’s worst defender this season, but today he took a ginormous first step towards righting those wrongs with a fantastic performance. Another statistical testament to the fantastic defensive effort today is the fact that Chelsea were held to 0.99 xG in the match, most of which came from set-pieces or long-range efforts. This was one of Mina’s best performances in a royal blue jersey, certainly.
Garrett’s Rating
8
8
ben godfrey
Ben Godfrey was absolutely sensational today and will be taking home my Man of the Match award. I think I’ll let his stats do the talking: 6 recoveries, 5 interceptions, 2 clearances, 2 aerials won, 2 fouls won, and 1 clean sheet. I think one of his best moments was surely when he was able to muscle Timo Werner out of a foot race and completely snuff out what could have been a huge opportunity for Chelsea to equalise in the second half. I think Godfrey would have won MOTM for these reasons alone, but when you consider that he was starting at left-back for the first time in his professional career, this becomes even more of a no-brainer. I’m incredibly excited by Godfrey’s performances in the last two games, and I think he could become a very important versatile signing for Carlo Ancelotti this season. What a performance.
Garrett’s Rating
9
9
ALLAN
In the first half, I think Allan was the best player on the pitch and would’ve certainly been MOTM if it weren’t for Ben Godfrey’s superb display. He hardly misplaced a pass and won countless tackles and fouls, and made countless interceptions. This is no surprise, but what really “wowed” me today was his ability on the ball. His footwork and dribbling were phenomenal and he made some very precise and intricate passes. He looked very composed on the ball and was a hugely calming and assertive presence in the Everton midfield. After a few performances that left a little to be desired, today we saw the Allan that Carlo Ancelotti was so desperate to bring to this football club.
Garrett’s Rating
8.5
8.5
Abdoulaye Doucouré
I’ve not held back my criticism of Abdoulaye Doucoure’s performances as of late, but today I was very happy to see him back to the way he started the season. I thought Doucoure defended really well and brought tons of energy, which really complemented Allan and Sigurdsson in the midfield. The only mistake he made that I can think of is when he fouled Reece James, which led to Mason Mount hitting the post and sparing Pickford’s blushes. I think that was more Sigurdsson’s fault, however, as he was the one who got turned by the right-back in the first place. Overall, I’m very satisfied with how Doucoure played today, and I think it’s very apparent that he plays best in a midfield three, which is effectively what Everton employed today considering how deep Gylfi Sigurdsson was dropping.
Garrett’s Rating
8
8
gylfi sigurdsson
Speaking of Sigurdsson, I think this was his best game in an Everton shirt since the 2018/19 season. He, of course, cooly slotted home the winning goal from the penalty spot in the same manner as he did against Leicester during Project Restart, but beyond that, I thought he was quite satisfactory. He played a few very good balls to spring counter-attacks and worked harder defensively than I think he ever has. By the time he was replaced in the 83rd minute, he was shattered and had given 100% to the game, something he has failed to do time and time again. I still am a huge critic of Sigurdsson and think the club should sell him while he still has any value, but I will admit that he played well today. He has to do this consistently in order to change anyone’s mind about him, as I don’t think one good performance makes up for multiple years of inadequacy. This is a solid first-step, however.
Garrett’s Rating
8
8
ALEX IWOBI
It’s the same old story for Alex Iwobi today. I thought he defended really well, was composed on the ball, and made some great runs down the right side, but his end product continues to be his biggest deficiency. His crossing has let Everton down many times already this season, but if he can find more quality in the final third, he can be a real asset for Carlo Ancelotti. Otherwise, I thought he had a solid display and is certainly delivering better and more consistent performances this season than he ever has since his move from Arsenal. Overall, a job well done.
Garrett’s Rating
7.5
7.5
RICHARLISON
I’m not quite sure what it is, but Richarlison has not really looked himself this season. Although his work rate and defensive qualities have not abandoned him, he has lacked the quality in front of goal that made him Everton’s most important player during his first two seasons at the club. Today he had 3 clear scoring chances, none of which he seemed to get any purchase behind. All three were comfortably saved on the floor by Edouard Mendy. I have never seen him look so dull in the final third, but we know the quality he normally possesses, and I really hope it will shine through sooner rather than later. That being said, he worked his socks off just like he has in every single game he’s played in a blue kit. Everton need him to find his shooting boots, and when he does, I’m sure he’ll start to bag goals at a higher rate than we’ve ever seen before.
Garrett’s Rating
6.5
6.5
DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN
Despite failing to get his name on the scoresheet, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has yet again proven to be one of the best strikers in the league. He caused absolute havoc for the Chelsea back-line, and that was most evident when he drew a penalty from Eduoard Mendy in the 18th minute. His aerial prowess, pace, and strength make him an incredible nuisance for any back-line in the country. He even won a second penalty in the second half after stepping across and drawing contact from Ben Chilwell, but unfortunately, VAR ruled it out as he was a half-yard offside in the build-up. His pressing was relentless and made life a living hell for the Chelsea backline. Did he score? No. But a shift and a half plus the game-winning assist is more than enough to secure a very good score in these player ratings.
Garrett’s Rating
8.5
8.5

Andre Gomes (On 83’) – N/A

Ten minutes isn’t enough for me to grade the Portuguese, but he held the ball effectively in the Chelsea final third and was very useful in the time-killing operation required at the end of the game.

Tom Davies (On 86’) – N/A

I think the only time Tom touched the ball was when he chested down and cleared a desperate Chelsea cross in stoppage time.

Jonjoe Kenny (On 90’) – N/A

He had a few nice passes and an interception, I believe. His job was to not concede I suppose, and he succeeded!

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