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5 Telling Stats from Everton’s Comfortable 3-0 Win Over Sheff Wed

The Blues are into the fifth round for the first time since 2016, but what did the numbers tell us?

Everton v Sheffield Wednesday: The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images

After a needlessly testing clash against Rotherham United in the last round, the Blues played with more composure and conviction against their fellow Yorkshire Championship strugglers this time around.

But what did the numbers tell us?

Dom’s back

15th goal of the season

With Cenk Tosun curiously left out of the matchday squad for this time, there are murmurings that DCL could be left as Everton’s only senior striker for the rest of the season.

Fortunately, he’s a goal machine.

Rodriguez

Cup assists continue

One player that was key to Everton’s fluidity and creativity here was James Rodriguez.

The Colombian had Blues salivating in his early performances after joining, but after picking up a peculiar injury in the Derby back in October, he hasn’t quite been the same since.

Here, however, he was pulling the strings.

In the end, none of his open play creativity could produce a goal, but two perfect corner deliveries helped Everton secure a comfortable victory in the end. Having not laid on a goal or assist since October, James has now set up key goals in the last two rounds of the FA Cup.

Curiously, all of his goals (3) and assists (7) have come at an empty Goodison Park.

Let’s hope can do it on a Wednesday night in Leicester, too.

16 + 17

Thierry Small becomes Everton’s youngest ever player

One of my few criticisms of Carlo Ancelotti so far has been a seeming unwillingness to give youth a chance.

After all, he’s often favoured having two keepers on the bench rather than playing unproven under-23s players. But against Sheffield Wednesday, he named two exciting teenagers on the bench: Thierry Small and Tyler Onyango.

And, with the Blues cruising at 3-0 in the closing stages, Carlo saw fit to give out his first full debuts to academy graduates, with both looking comfortable in their short time on the pitch.

5 Years

Everton into fifth round for the first time since 2016

Winning a trophy – especially the FA Cup – has been a big priority for Evertonians for decades now.

But in the past few years – through a mixture of horrid draws and horrid performances – the Blues haven’t been able to progress far at all.

Indeed, this win means that the Blues are into the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in five years.

A tough task probably awaits in the next round with Everton facing the winner of Monday’s clash between Spurs and Wycombe, but there’s no doubt this is a massive opportunity for Everton.

Upwards

65% win rate in 2020/21