Everton earned a hard-fought three points against bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield yesterday at the John Smith’s Stadium.
It was a result that was perhaps not pretty at times, but it was a great chance for manager Marco Silva to try out a number of players that have been struggling for game time so far this season.
Tom Davies was given his seventh start in the league this season, filling in for the potentially departing Idrissa Gueye. Likewise, Leighton Baines was brought in from the cold for a rare appearance, and looked very impressive until he came off injured in the second half.
However, the most important addition to the team was striker Cenk Tosun, who was making his first league start since early December. Many Everton fans would have expected the Turkey international to leave Goodison Park this month, but it is looking increasingly likely that he is going to stay and fight for his place.
While the 27-year-old did not score, he put in very encouraging performance and was a handful for the Huddersfield defence. Unfortunately, he was taken off in the second half after Lucas Digne’s red card, which would have bitterly disappointed him.
However, the key here was not to necessarily bag a hat-trick and impress manager Silva, it was about earning another starting berth for the visit from Wolves at the weekend, and it is fair to say that he has done that. The striker can now hope to build upon that performance, string together a run of games and try and win over the Everton fans.
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