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Everton v Sheffield United player ratings: Ashley Young flops, James Tarkowski shines

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Everton secured a 1-0 victory against Sheffield United in the Premier League at Goodison Park on 11 May.

Abdoulaye Doucoure scored in the first half of the contest to seal the three points for the hosts.

 

The Toffees controlled proceedings and seldom looked at risk of conceding a goal.

Here are our player ratings from the game:

Jordan Pickford – 7

Showed terrific awareness throughout the game as he didn’t just marshall his defence well but came out of his box to sweep whenever needed. According to Sofascore, he was successful with both his run outs and in possession, he kept things tidy, averaging a pass accuracy north of 80 per cent.

 

Seamus Coleman – 6

A decent defensive display from the Republic of Ireland international as he opted for a safety first approach throughout the game. It was wise for him to not bomb forward each time the team was in possession. He made few important clearances and while his passes were not inch-perfect, more often than not, they found their desired target.

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Tarkowski and Branthwaite were rocks in defence for Everton

James Tarkowski – 8

A remarkable performance from the English centre-back. He made things extremely tough for the Blades attackers as he made a number of blocks and clearances. He was also tidy in possession and his long-ball accuracy was pretty impressive. A complete defensive display.

 

Jarrad Branthwaite – 7

Much like Tarkowski, shut out any aerial threat from the Sheffield United attackers and ensured they had to play things on the ground. He won 100 per cent of his aerial duels and 80 per cent of his ground duels – seldom giving anything away to the opposition.

Ashley Young – 4

While there weren’t any glaring errors that immediately led to a goal threat, Young still struggled slightly with his position. Unlike Coleman, he was found out of position on a few occasions and failed to win any aerial duel. His pass accuracy was also under 80 per cent and he wasn’t always on the same page as his Everton teammates. He failed to complete a single cross all game as well.

James Garner – 5

Played on the right wing this time and while he had some good moments, he failed to make a difference in the final third. Dyche will be delighted that he got into some good goal-scoring positions and arguably his biggest chance came in the 91st minute where he was close to the penalty spot and had to just place the shot, but he ended up blazing the ball over the crossbar.

Idrissa Gueye – 7

A tireless effort in the middle of the park for Gueye. Ensured that he kept things tidy in possession and won the majority of his ground duels. He’s one player who does not appear to be showing his age and is giving Dyche what he wants.

Amadou Onana justified his return to the Everton playing XI

Amadou Onana – 7

Came back into the eleven and it was a decent performance from the Belgium international. He completed 91% of his passes and ran the show for Everton. After a decline in form recently, fans will undoubtedly have been pleased to see this display from the midfielder.

Dwight McNeil – 5

Once again showed a lot of effort, but just seemed to be lacking in the final third. He attempted five crosses and failed to complete a single one of them. He lost possession on 12 occasions and did little to make a case for himself to stay when Dyche withdrew him in the 69th minute of the match.

Abdoulaye Doucoure – 6

Found the back of the net in the first half and it was an important confidence booster for him. However, he was still lacking in awareness in possession. His pass accuracy was just 69 per cent and he failed to complete any of his three crosses.

Everton Abdoulaye Doucoure

Abdoulaye Doucoure scored for Everton

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 7

Despite not scoring, the Englishman got into the game well and was linking things up just as many fans wanted him to do. In recent games, he’s been all over the place, but this was a more complete performance. He worked tirelessly off the ball and hopefully, he will perform more like this next season.

Subs

Andre Gomes – 6

Lewis Dobbin – 5

Youssef Chermiti – 6

Lewis Warrington – N/A.

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