Until further notice this season, Idrissa Gueye will be the default Man of the Match for every single Everton game. In that time, it’ll take an epic feat to break his hold, like if Romelu Lukaku (or any other player for that matter) chooses to score a hat trick.
The Blues bounced back from early adversity to score thrice before half time and salt away what could have been a tricky game against an organized, newly-promoted opponent in Middlesbrough.
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There were 225 votes this week, and Gueye excelled again scoring 4.87
Idrissa Gueye's game by numbers vs. Middlesbrough:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 17, 2016
73 passes completed
8 tackles won
2 interceptions pic.twitter.com/ASm5mENmSi
Of course, those watching the game saw his heat map a little differently -
Hahaha!!! "Heat map" Idrissa Gueye o gêm ddoe #EFCcym pic.twitter.com/NGY23HQYUb— Everton Cymru (@EvertonCymru) September 18, 2016
In second place was the man celebrating a big milestone, Gareth Barry (score 4.69). The midfielder has been given a new lease on life with Gueye’s tough tackling and intense pressing, and marked his 600th Premier League appearance with a goal (and a customary yellow card).
Another good win at Goodison Park!Congratulations to Gareth Barry for scoring on his 600th @premierleague appearance pic.twitter.com/d9B1Th6V7W— Ronald Koeman (@RonaldKoeman) September 17, 2016
Seamus Coleman, who missed the beginning of the season with an injury showed some of his familiar form yesterday, cutting inside to score a nifty goal. He came in at third in your voting (score 4.20).
Seamus Coleman's goal v Middlesbrough. Another fantastic goal #EFC pic.twitter.com/wh1wWCHJlK— Everton Pictures (@evertonfcpics) September 18, 2016