Everton supporters will be reasonably pleased with their team’s performance in the club’s 2-2 draw away at Wolves in the Premier League’s first round of fixtures.
Despite having to play the whole of the second half with 10 men, Everton remained competitive and even managed to restore their lead after big-money signing Richarlison put Marco Silva’s men 2-1 up in the 67th minute before Raul Jimenez rescued a point for Wolves with a brilliant header on 80 minutes.
The game, however, could have ended differently and in Everton’s favour had Phil Jagielka not been sent off for a reckless challenge on Diogo Jota on the stroke of half time, which resulted in Ruben Neves curling in a free-kick to draw Wolves level going into the break.
At the age of 35, Jagielka has been on the decline for some time now and it is displays like his one against Wolves that has shown why Silva was so desperate to strengthen central defence in the transfer window.
Jagielka, alongside Michael Keane and Ashley Williams, who is currently on loan at Stoke City, underperformed massively in the prior campaign.
And with Jagielka now suspended and Keane still looking unconvincing, it would not be surprising to see Silva rush new signings Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma into the side.
The pair joined Everton from Barcelona and Chelsea respectively, and both should be able to make the Toffees a better team defensively.
Everton will be practically unbeatable in the air if, as expected, Mina and Zouma line up alongside each other, while the latter’s recovery and pace, in particular, will be a massive asset if Silva wants to play with a high line.
The likes of Richarlison and Bernard are probably the most exciting names from Everton’s transfer window, but the additions of Mina and Zouma are just as important.