Everton did not, by most accounts, have a good month of September. They drew to Huddersfield, lost to West Ham, lost to Arsenal, and their only win of the month came in a 3-0 drubbing of Fulham at Goodison Park.
There were a few players who emerged from the month with their heads held high, though, and it’s with that in mind that we are set to name the best Everton player from September. To do this, we’ll use two methods.
The first will involve aggregating the month’s player grade poll results, and the player with the highest average score will come out the winner. The second will involve something far more arbitrary - I’m going to pick who I thought played the best. Sometimes the two players will be one and the same, sometimes they won’t.
Community Player of the Month
While it should be noted that he only played in two of September’s matches due to suspension, it is Richarlison who comes out on top in this month’s reader voting, with an average rating of 7.21.
Everton’s Brazilian talisman did not score or assist against Arsenal or Fulham, but just the sight of him was good enough for many. Richarlison’s presence alone causes huge issues for opposing defenses, and many of his other performances this season have warranted a high baseline from which to grade him on. Expect the forward to be a constant feature here as we move through the rest of the year.
RBM Player of the Month
Given that both Richarlison and Michael Keane (3rd in this month’s community voting) each only played twice during the given time period, we choose to award September’s player of the month plaudits to Lucas Digne.
Your eyes have told you this and the data confirms it - the Blues’ new Frenchman is already one of the best left-backs in the Premier League. Solid in defense, good on the ball, and featuring a dangerous ability to provide service into the box, Digne was as good as he was consistent during September.
Digne assisted Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goal against Huddersfield on September 1 and only got better from there. He’s proving the doubters wrong each time he steps on the pitch. What a guy.