Immediately after the game, we had asked you to vote on who you thought your Man of the Match was by grading all the Everton player performances. Here are the results from Saturday’s poll.
Idrissa Gana Gueye scooped the RBM readers’ Man of the Match award after Everton drew 1-1 with Tottenham. Watch the extended highlights here.
The midfielder came in with a 4.48 average score, narrowly beating another Everton debutant goalie Maarten Stekelenburg who had 4.38. Ross Barkley and Phil Jagielka came in tied for third, with 3.75.
Gueye had a spectacular day in the middle of the park, snapping into tackles and being a nuisance to the Spurs skilled midfield.
Idrissa Gueye’s game by numbers vs. Spurs:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 13, 2016
100% aerial duels
82% pass accuracy
Strong debut. pic.twitter.com/FHxCm72JNZ
Stekelenburg came up huge in the closing stages of the game, making two crucial save to keep the game tied. First he saved a shot by striker Victor Janssen from point-blank range and then kept goalscorer Erik Lamela out from a deflected shot.
Barkley scored Everton’s season opening goal from a freekick that eluded everyone in the area, including goalie Hugo Lloris.
Ross Barkley scores Everton first goal of the season. pic.twitter.com/qtgSDhOgFg— King (@MiraIIas) August 13, 2016
Club captain Jagielka had a good game in the three-man backfield, keeping Spurs main striker Harry Kane quiet for most of the afternoon. In fact, Kane only had two touches inside the Everton area all game long.
What other moments and players from the game stood out for you?