Everton supporters have been in fine voice in recent times after seeing their side record a second consecutive Premier League victory at the weekend.
Marco Silva’s men went into their encounter with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium having lost to Southampton in the third round of the Carabao Cup in midweek, although they did ease past Fulham 3-0 in their previous league clash. And they recorded back-to-back successes at the weekend as goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson either side of a Ricardo Pereira equaliser sealed a 2-1 win for the Toffees, thus moving them level on points with Claude Puel’s Foxes after seven games of the campaign.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Evertonians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have unsurprisingly been heaping praise on Iceland international Sigurdsson, who produced a moment of magic to score what turned out to be the winner in the Midlands on Saturday.
The 29-year-old hasn’t always produced the goods since his big-money move from Swansea City back in 2017 but he is slowly but surely beginning to deliver more regularly for the Merseysiders, with his brilliant solo goal at the King Power Stadium good enough to win any match.
As such, Everton fans have been gushing over his efforts on Saturday, yet left back Lucas Digne was their unsung hero in what turned out to be a very impressive performance and indeed result against Puel’s Leicester.
The 25-year-old made the move to Goodison Park during the summer as Silva sought to bring in a long-term replacement for Everton stalwart Leighton Baines, and while the former didn’t start any of their first three Premier League games of the season, he has since become the club’s number one left back.
And he doesn’t look like relinquishing that tag anytime soon either after producing a stellar display at the King Power Stadium, touching the ball more times than any other player on the pitch (91), as well as attempting more passes than any of his Everton teammates (58).
Thus, it’s pretty clear that the Frenchman was heavily involved in proceedings, and with two shots on goal and one key pass over the course of the 90 minutes, he was clearly a huge threat going forward for the Toffees yet, as has been seen occasionally in some of his other Everton performances, that attacking desire could have opened the door to potentially neglecting his defensive duties.
Yet he did the latter particularly well as well in winning six of his nine aerial duels as well as attempting and indeed making all three of his tackles during the match, the latter tally more than any other member of the Everton backline.
And with two clearances and three interceptions, the 25-year-old read the game very well and was also on hand to ease the pressure on the Toffees backline, pressure that certainly built up during stages of the match given Leicester’s quality in the final third of the pitch.
Thus, while there is little doubting that Sigurdsson stole the headlines with his sensational goal, it was the exploits of £16.2 million-rated Digne (as per Transfermarkt) that earns him the tag of Everton’s unsung hero at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
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