Richarlison has been the new Everton signing grabbing all the headlines for both the right and wrongs reasons.
However, after being suspended following his clash with Adam Smith in the Toffees’ 2-2 draw with Bournemouth, another summer addition has since come in for praise.
Lucas Digne was brought in from Barcelona in August to compete with Leighton Baines and is now really starting to stake his claim for a place.
£16.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Digne made his full Everton debut in the club’s 3-1 victory over Rotherham in the Carabao Cup where he impressed, before being given his first Premier League start by Marco Silva on Saturday in a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town.
The Frenchman played his part in Everton’s equaliser when his cross was met by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who headed the team level and ensured the points were shared.
Digne’s overall performance was good, giving Silva a tough decision to make regarding who his first-choice left-back should be in this moment of time.
Baines has been one of Everton’s most consistent performers since joining the club from Wigan back in 2007 and still has plenty to offer Silva.
That being said, Digne has certainly raised the bar with his two recent displays and it would come as no surprise if he was given the nod over Baines.
Like Baines, Digne is very much a full-back who can provide his team with an outlet in attack.
However, the 25-year-old has the pace to recover and not get caught out on the counter-attack.
In comparison, Baines has never been the quickest and, at 33 years of age, he will only continue to become slower and less efficient at holding down the left flank.
With that in mind, seeing Digne cement that left-back position in the coming weeks would not be a shock.