The Blues recorded a fourth consecutive home win (and clean sheet) in order to finish the Goodison season in style.
But what do the numbers tell us about the performance?
Rock Solid Defence
5 home clean sheets in a row
Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma were watertight once again for the Blues and signing the Frenchman should be a top priority for Everton in the summer, although it’ll be hard to convince Chelsea to part with him permanently.
Both completed over 90% of their passes against Burnley and won a combined 13 aerial duels.
The Blues have ended the season in a watertight fashion securing eight clean sheets from the final 10 games (included five home clean sheets in a row) and keeping this relatively young defensive partnership should be a key focus in order to help Marco Silva build a competitive team.
Another Fast Start
Blues have scored in first 15 minutes of last three wins
Everton’s resurgence during the final third of the season has been outstanding, but undoubtedly one of the driving forces behind the Blues’ form has been the strong starts they’ve been making to games.
In Everton’s last three wins, the Blues have opened the scoring in the opening 15 minutes each time – giving them full control of the game early on.
This is especially important in games against the likes of Burnley as it prevents them from simply sitting deep in an effort to frustrate the Blues and their faithful.
Early goals have been a feature of Marco Silva’s Everton, with the Blues have scored the third most goals in the opening 15 minutes (nine), with only Man City and Arsenal scoring more.
The Curious Case of Morgan Schneiderlin
Frenchman completed 94.8% of passes and made 8 tackles
Outstanding following his move from United in January 2017, Schneiderlin suffered a complete collapse in form during the 2017/18 season and has been a bit-part player this campaign.
A few months ago it seemed that Schneiderlin was destined for the Goodison exit, but he’s put in some excellent performances when called upon in recent months and has been preferred to Tom Davies, who last week was given a new four-year deal.
Schneiderlin was excellent against Burnley, keeping the ball ticking through midfield (completing a huge 94.8% of his passes), while also putting in a huge defensive shift by completing eight tackles and two interceptions – figures that even eclipsed Idrissa Gana Gueye!
Strength in depth is a new “problem” for Everton to enjoy and unless someone comes in with a good offer for Schneiderlin, it seems likely that he will compete with Tom Davies and, hopefully, Andre Gomes for a starting place next season.
A Change in Emphasis
Blues had 20 shots against Burnley
It’s been a mixed campaign for Everton, but the Blues have been creating chance-after-chance in recent games. After 15 shots against Chelsea, 23 against Arsenal and 15 against United, the Blues had another 20 attempts against Burnley.
This is the Everton the fans want to see, pundits. Not the dull-fest that encapsulated Sam Allardyce’s time at the club.
In the 2017/18, the Blues averaged the second lowest number of shots per game in the entire league (9.4), where as under Marco Silva the Blues have averaged a significantly better 13 shots per game (7th in the league).
Last 10 Games
A sign of things to come?
Since the Blues enjoyed an extended break after being humiliated in the FA Cup, Everton seem to have blossomed into the side that showed so much promise in the early stages of the season.
Indeed, from Everton’s final 10 games of the season, the Blues picked up 20 points from a possible 30 – despite playing four of the “big six” during this period.
If the Blues had maintained this average points tally over the course of the season, they would likely finish third.
Should we be frustrated that we lacked consistency this season or should we be excited for next season?