Everton played four games in this month of October with mixed results. A 1-0 defeat away at Burnley was a loss for football in general, but the Blues then bounced back with a strong performance to easily beat West Ham United 2-0 at home. Lest you thought that marked a turnaround, the Toffees then proceeded to collapse quite spectacularly at Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2 before again looking half-decent in their Carabao Cup Fourth Round game against a hapless Watford FC side on Tuesday night.
Veteran Theo Walcott has been sparked back to life in recent weeks. His showing against the Hammers earned him a standing ovation when he was substituted off late, and then changed the game against the Hornets when he came on as a second half sub.
Reports say that he had a heart-to-heart with the manager in early September where Marco Silva made it clear that he had to show more fight in his game, and things have changed for him since then.
WSL September Player of the Month Chloe Kelly has continued her hot streak for the Women’s side, scoring in both games she played in this month. The first came in an unfortunate 3-2 defeat away at Reading, before she got the ball rolling this last weekend with the opener as Everton went on to beat Brighton Women 2-0, something the men’s side were unable to do.
From the Under-23 side, Anthony Gordon continues to stamp his credentials in every game he plays, and is surely due a spot in a matchday squad sooner than later, especially with Bernard now injured. He picked up another couple of goals in this last month, and despite training with the seniors on an almost daily basis, is yet to be included in the team yet.
This isn’t a difficult choice - Yerry Mina has been very good in the last few weeks and is the well-deserved Player of the Month for October 2019. The lanky Colombian centrehalf has really come on in leaps and bounds and has looked a new player this season. He’s easily surpassed Michael Keane as the real leader of the defence, and the Blues will have their fingers crossed that his latest knee ailment is not serious.
The writer group at RBM usually chime in if we have a contrarian pick to what the votes show, but this one’s pretty obvious and no complaints from us, Mina it is.