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Unsung Hero: Jean-Phillipe Gbamin impresses as Everton beat Watford

Unsung Hero: Jean-Phillipe Gbamin impresses as Everton beat Watford

Bernard may have been Everton’s Man of the Match against Watford, but Jean-Philippe Gbamin’s performance should have been just as encouraging for Marco Silva.

The 23-year-old admitted that he struggled during Everton’s 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace in their season opener after replacing the injured Andre Gomes just before half-time, as reported by the official Everton website.

It seems as though an extra week with his new teammates has done the Ivorian plenty of good.

Gbamin was given a WhoScored rating of 7.3, which was the fourth-highest of anybody on the pitch – not to mention 1.1 higher than his first performance in an Everton shirt.

He was effective defensively, completing three tackles, three interceptions and one clearance – this is encouraging considering he will need to fill the void left by Idrissa Gueye as much as possible, after the Senegal international went to Paris Saint Germain following a season in which he made 4.3 tackles, 2.2 interceptions and 1.3 clearances per game.

The 23-year-old saw more of the ball than any other Everton player, having 5.3% of the game’s overall possession and completed two dribbles.

However, one thing he will need to improve on as he continues under Silva is his pass completion rate, which was 67% during this game.

While this was not a complete performance from Gbamin, or even the best one on the pitch, it was certainly encouraging.

Considering the lack of pre-season he had due to the African Cup of Nations and his limited time at Everton, perhaps he was bound to take a while to warm up, so the fact he has seen such a big improvement in one extra week is a good sign.

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