Great attacking to start the match
This match was easily Everton’s best offensive performance of the season, thanks in no small part to their aggressive start. Moise Kean, Alex Iwobi, Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson had a blistering start to this match and pressure Wolverhampton early and often.
Everton’s first goal may have been a bit fluky, but it came thanks to relentless pressure from the attacking players. Wolves were able to tie things up shortly after, but impressively Everton came right back with a goal of their own to take the lead again.
So far this season, goals have no been easy to come by for Marco Silva’s team, but the line up in this match really seemed to click and overwhelm the opposing defense often. The speed and power that Kean, Iwobi and Richarlison posses can be such a dangerous weapon for Everton. Bernard, Walcott and the like can be good on their day, but I was very impressed with the attacking group’s performance in this match.
Terrible defending down the wings
Lucas Digne and Seamus Coleman may be great going forward, but their defending in this match left a lot to be desired. Throughout this match, both players seemed to be on the back foot when Wolves attacked down the flanks.
This was especially evident during Romain Saiss’ goal for Wolverhampton. Adama Traoré absolutely torched Digne down the side, leading to a dangerous pass across the face of the goal leading to a goal. While the full backs were not responsible for any further goals in the match, this was a clear weak spot that Wolverhampton was looking to exploit.
Against a team with world class wingers, this game could have gone a lot differently. Hopefully this is an area Marco Silva will look to shore up before some of the more difficult fixtures against top-six teams.
Richarlison saves the day
After Raul Jiménez tied up the match in the 75th minute, it seemed as though this game would go down as another lost opportunity. Everton’s vigor in the attacking third seemed to have faded and the win seemed unlikely.
But Richarlison, who prior to this match had yet to score, sealed the win for the Toffees. Performances like this should really be the norm for Richarlison and not the exception. He has shown in his time with Everton that he can be a terror to the opposing defense. But this season he has struggled to leave his mark on games.
With a brace and a game-winner now under his belt, hopefully this is what Richarlison needed to finally get things going for him this season.