Everton 3-0 Leeds United: Player, hero and villain ratings as Man Utd’s Donny van de Beek runs the show

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Everton picked up a deserved win with Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek drawing attention on his comprehensive debut.

Everton celebrate Michael Keane’s goal against Leeds. Photo: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

The Toffees have recorded just a second win in 16 league appearances but it allays growing fears of a relegation battle and offers plenty of encouragement for the rest of the season.

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Everton made a lightning start to the game and got their rewards after just 10 minutes.

Donny van de Beek, in the starting XI on his full debut after arriving from Manchester United last month, slipped into a low cross and the ball fell nicely for the rushing Seamus Coleman, who nodded.

The Toffees continued to dominate and doubled their lead in the 23rd minute.

Anthony Gordon whipped into an inviting corner and Michael Keane rose the highest to power a ball header.

Lampard’s troops were unlucky not to go further ahead at half-time, with Leeds goalkeeper Ilan Meslier making a good save from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

In stoppage time the visitors nearly reduced the backlog when Rodrigo saw his effort from 25 yards hit the bar – having also hit the woodwork earlier in the game.

The second half proved more subdued, with Leeds barely threatening Jordan Pickford in Everton’s goal.

And the Blues wrapped up the three points with 13 minutes remaining when Richarlison’s effort from the edge of the box found the bottom corner.

Heroes

– Donny van de Beek: what a performance from the Manchester United loanee. Led the show from kickoff in the engine room. Showed excellent control, composure and vision on the ball, with his cross leading to first base. Van de Beek’s work off the ball also didn’t go unnoticed and he never stopped running.

– Alex Iwobi: the Nigerian international has a lot of detractors among the fans. But it was arguably his best game in a blue jersey. Caused many problems for Leeds from the start and put effort off the ball. It is now necessary to bet on a beautiful display.

-Jonjoe Kenny: another which has its detractors but the home defender was faultless. Kept Leeds talisman Raphinha quiet and also offered a threat by advancing down the left flank.

Everton celebrate after Seamus Coleman’s first goal against Leeds. Photo: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

The villains

– Rafinha: Leeds needed their big man to step in in the absence of injury to Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford. However, the Brazilian barely did anything throughout the first half and was hung up in the interval.

– Marcelo Bielsa: oversaw a tasteless performance. Leeds were second best across all departments and Bielsa failed to turn things around when Plan A clearly wasn’t working. His double substitution at half-time also flatly failed.

-Daniel James: very calm after two goals against Villa in midweek. The only chance that fell for James, he wavered and Mason Holgate came back to make a nice tackle. Also booked for a cynical foul.

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa. Photo: Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Player ratings

London: Meslier 6, Ayling 5, Llorente 5, Struijk 4, Dallas 5 (Hjelde 9; 5), Koch, 5 Raphinha 4 (Roberts 46; ), Rodrigo 6, Klich 5 (Forshaw 46; 5) Harrison 5, James 4.

Everton: Pickford 7, Coleman 8, Holgate 7, Keane 8, Kenny 8, Allan 7, van de Beek 8, Iwobi 8, Richarlison 8 (Rondon 86), Gordon 8 (El Ghazi 81), Calvert-Lewin 7 (Dele Alli 72; 6).

When is Everton next?

The Toffees make the long trip to Southampton next Saturday (3:00 p.m.).

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