Everton can be relatively pleased with their start to the new season having taken five points from their first three Premier League fixtures and progressed into the third round of the Carabao Cup.
The Toffees saw off the challenge of Rotherham after beating the Championship side 3-1 courtesy of goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin (2x) and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Overall, it was a good attacking display from Marco Silva’s men. And, despite conceding a goal, Everton’s back four can also be content with their performance.
£13.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Kurt Zouma, who was making his first start for the club since joining on loan from Chelsea, in particular, looked solid.
Prior to the beginning of the summer transfer window, Everton looked really weak in central defence, but the addition of Zouma has given the team a much needed boost in that department.
Take a look at what Everton supporters are saying on Zouma here…
I like Kurt Zouma he makes me happy pic.twitter.com/auCw5Qt51y
— The Toffee Blues (@EvertonNewsFeed) 29 August 2018
Zouma was a beast at the back tonight
— Mike Cheeseman (@blueboy200) 29 August 2018
— SAMCRO (@Tooley1878) August 29, 2018
Many positives- the amount of kids in that ground, no drama, Digne, Kenny, Zouma, Sandro best game in blue and the Toffs in the draw tomorra. As regards our aims, all achieved. Move on to the next one. #GoodAsGold <
— David The Toffee (@lcabbabeh) August 29, 2018
I'm a big fan of Zouma. Like him a lot. Watched him very closely.
Much like Walcott has been. Very impressive. Others I mentioned above looking very good form wise.
— MDamon_toffee (+) (@Everton_Damon) August 30, 2018
We played okay with a weakened side last night. Made up to see Davies captain and Zouma is a top draw player but this zonal defending is really scaring me, we will get punished against better teams! #efc
— Hursy (@adamhurstfield) August 30, 2018
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Yeah lad, Zouma bossed the back too I think, them to on the left hand side of the defence looked solid.
— Adam EFC (@AdEFC6) August 29, 2018