It’s now time to analyse player performance from yesterday evening’s dramatic disappointment on Merseyside, as our Claret & Blue stars were outclassed by a resurgent Everton performance at Goodison Park.
Joe Hart: 5/10
Another thorough night to forget for the England shot-stopper as he became the Premier League’s most expensive keeper once again with 30 goals conceded at an average of around to a game.
However, Hart was unlucky to see the ball rebound into the path of Wayne Rooney after saving his first-half penalty, but wholly outclassed by his Three Lions teammate at the other end in Jordan Pickford, his confidence will be low heading into a busy period.
Pablo Zabaleta: 6/10
Yet one more sub-par showing from the full-back who seems to be half the player that he was in the early part of the campaign, being outpaced and outclassed by the pace of The Toffees time and time again.
Zabaleta will be hoping for a happier outing to his former employers on Sunday but may struggle with the same problems back at The Etihad off the back of a defeat, a tough afternoon lays ahead for him.
Winston Reid: 5/10
Last night can surely be counted as one of the Kiwi defender’s poorer performances in Claret & Blue as he lacked in both tackling and heading as well as being caught sleeping by the hosts’ attacking play many a time.
But, perhaps the most concerning moment of the evening for Reid came when he was forced off in the second period clutching his hamstring, the severity of his knock is unclear at present.
Angelo Ogbonna: 5/10
The Italian centre-back did himself no favours after last Friday’s mistake that cost us two points against Leicester City, making another string of similar mistakes.
Ogbonna was seen to lose his marker and get his positioning wrong time upon time, allowing the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Rooney plenty of space in the box, this could be seen most clearly for Rooney’s second on 28 minutes, like others, he will need to put in a bigger shift on Sunday.
Aaron Cresswell: 6/10
A slightly improved showing from the left-back, but he is still looking a shadow of the player that he was in his first few West Ham United seasons, very poor indeed on the defensive area of the pitch.
But, the England man was cruelly unlucky not to score in the second-half after receiving a superb pass from Manuel Lanzini and thudding a great effort off the bar, there is no doubt that the strike should have been his first goal of the season.
Pedro Obiang: 5/10
Featuring in the holding role just in front of the defence, the Spaniard looked to struggle with the pace of the home side’s runners in midfield and gave the ball away on more than one occasion, being ousted at the break.
One would feel that his position is now under serious threat with the likes of Captain Mark Noble, Declan Rice and Edimilson Fernandes waiting in the wings, it remains a mystery whether he will keep his place for the frantic period ahead.
Marko Arnautovic: 6/10
Featuring on the right side of an attacking midfield four, the Austrian couldn’t quite replicate his showing in the last outing, struggling to have any real impact on the affair and being substituted relatively early.
However, Arnautovic was able to assist Sakho in winning a penalty off Ashley Williams and managed to avoid most of the criticism from fans, but he surely needs to be a bit more convincing to keep his place with players returning from injury.
Cheikhou Kouyate: 4/10
Having performed well to net the equaliser against The Foxes last Friday, the Senegal Captain returned to the poor form that he had been displaying prior to that with a less than impressive display in the centre of midfield.
The moment in the game that Kouyate will be remembered for the most surely came in the first period when it was his deflection that played Calvert-Lewin in to win Everton’s penalty, he will be hoping for better in the coming weeks.
Manuel Lanzini: 5/10
Utilized in his preferred No10 role, it would be a very mixed evening indeed for the Argentina International as he was the focal point of most of our attacks and the playmaker just behind the forward.
Despite this, he let his teammates, Manager and fans down early in the second period when having his predictable spot-kick kept out by Pickford, choosing to put it in the exact same place as his previous three Premier League penalties, redemption will be in his mind come Sunday.
Arthur Masuaku: 5/10
The French full-back turned winger was most likely our best performer going forward throughout the fair with a number of dangerous darting runs that caused the home side considerable problems at the back.
Despite this, his final ball and end product were lacking ever so slightly, getting into many promising positions to no avail, this is something that Masuaku, without a shadow of doubt, needs to work on in training.
Andre Ayew: 5/10
Making his first start since an illness that kept him out of the trip to Vicarage Road, the Ghanaian struggled to recapture the form that he was displaying so vividly before the setback.
Ayew was rather static up-front and offered fairly little apart from a few decent runs, he will certainly be looking to get on the scoresheet should he keep his starting place at the weekend.
Diafra Sakho: 7/10
Replacing the depleted Obiang at half-time, the Senegal forward can be considered our standout performer of the second period, offering real movement and making things happen at the right end of the pitch.
Additionally, Sakho also won our best chance of the game, Lanzini’s missed penalty, by showing great strength putting himself in contention with David Moyes on Sunday.
Michail Antonio: 6/10
Making his eagerly awaited return from injury by replacing Arnautovic on 62 minutes, the England winger put in a very proactive shift and looked threatening on the counter-attack.
However, he was unable to make this count and trouble Pickford late on, but can be undoubtedly forgiven whilst he regains his fitness ahead of a vital few games.
Declan Rice: 6/10
Appearing as the final substitute for the injured Reid towards the end of the 90 minutes, Rice performed consistently at the back, although making a costly error.
Rice was slow to react to the run of Williams shortly after entering the field and as a result, the Welsh International was able to head home from a corner, despite this, the 18-year-old is in contention to start on Matchday Fifteen.
So, now that every featuring Squad member has been rated from yesterday evening’s Goodison Park embarrassment, can Moyes’ boys perform better against an elite class on Super Sunday? As Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are the entertainers.