Everton player ratings vs. Newcastle: Sigurdsson and Gomes dull, DCL on target

Everton's Colombian defender Yerry Mina (L) vies with Newcastle United's Scottish midfielder Ryan Fraser (R) during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on November 1, 2020. (Photo by Alex Pantling / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by ALEX PANTLING/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Everton's Colombian defender Yerry Mina (L) vies with Newcastle United's Scottish midfielder Ryan Fraser (R) during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on November 1, 2020. (Photo by Alex Pantling / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by ALEX PANTLING/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Everton’s Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes looks to play a pass during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Everton at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on November 1, 2020. (Photo by Alex Pantling / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by ALEX PANTLING/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Everton really missed James Rodriguez and Richarlison in the attack.

Attack

Andre Gomes – 4

Playing in an unfamiliar role, it was evident that this was unchartered territory for Andre Gomes. With the absence of Richarlison and James Rodrigiez, Gomes and Sigurdsson were tasked with being the servers to Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Gomes’ game took a worse turn when he gave away the penalty and in the end was subbed off before the hour mark, calling it time on a shabby game.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 7

Newcastle United knew that stopping DCL was a next to impossible task so they worked on curtailing the service provided to him. Calvert-Lewin looked a frustrated figure due to the lack of chances being created and he not getting a clear cut chance to finish them. As always, the 23 year old worked hard off the ball and showed commendable hold up play but couldn’t do enough to salvage anything out of the tie.

A late goal did give Everton some hope and kept his impressive goalscoring record intact but in the end it wasn’t enough for the Toffees to spark a turn around.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 5

Playing in an unnatural position, Sigurdsson looked uneasy and nothing like the chief creator of the team. I wouldn’t say that he didn’t try, his efforts were evident but weren’t up to the mark.

Substitutes:

Bernard (On for Andre Gomes) – 6

Cenk Tosun (On for Nkounkou) – 6

Alex Iwobi (One for Kenny) – 6