By Elliott Cuff

15th Mar, 2021 | 9:33am

Everton player ratings v Burnley as Toffees fail to shine

Burnley claimed all three points at Goodison Park as Everton put in yet another disappointing Premier League display on Saturday.

Abdoulaye Doucoure was missing for the Toffees through a recently sustained foot injury, and that left Everton’s midfield under-prepared to deal with the Clarets.

Burnley didn’t press forward often in the first-half but it seemed likely that they would either score or hit the woodwork every time they did decide to venture into Everton’s third, which should see Carlo Ancelotti ask questions of his defenders.

The Blues have now lost their last two games in the Premier League and will now face Manchester City in the FA Cup potentially without either of their first-team goalkeepers.

No one really stood out for Everton in what was a torrid display that they’ll look to quickly put behind them.

Here are the Goodison News player ratings.

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Jordan Pickford 5 – Couldn’t do much about either goal, especially Dwight McNeil’s special winner, and ended up leaving the field through injury before half-time. His absence could be a major blow for Everton.

Mason Holgate 4 – Struggled to offer enough going forward as he did defensively, with numerous crosses failing to find their mark. Not a strong display.

Michael Keane 5 – Uncharacteristically shaky in defence, Keane never appeared composed and assured of himself.

Ben Godfrey 6 – Godfrey was no defensive dynamo, but he stood out more than his centre-back partner. He brought more energy and steel to the backline, though it proved not to be enough.

Lucas Digne 6 – Offering consistent support down the left flank, though no deliveries ultimately led to a goal, Digne was a constant creative outlet

Allan 4 – His forward passing proved that he is wasted sitting so deep, however he was turned so easily and cheaply by McNeil for the winning goal.

Tom Davies 6 – He’s come on a lot in recent months and his assist for Calvert-Lewin’s goal was delightful. He was culpable for Burnley’s first, but he’s clearly someone who should be an instant starter right now.

Andre Gomes 4 – Gomes’ silky passing did nothing to break Burnley down, and his lack of energy didn’t open up the game either. Wrong player for the occasion.

Alex Iwobi 5 – Given a chance to impress as a No.10, Iwobi sort of did and sort of didn’t. He made space and created opportunities, but they mostly came to nothing.

Richarlison 5 – Decision making wasn’t on point as he constantly threatened but never made anything of those opportunities. Went quiet in the second half.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin 6 – Sometimes starved of service, Calvert-Lewin could do little except bury the cross from Davies. He did however have other opportunities which he spurned, to the frustration of Ancelotti and fans alike.


Joao Virginia 5 – Thrown in at the deep end for his Premier League debut, Virginia did okay. He flapped at one attempt to claim the ball and he palmed out when he should have caught, but not a horrendous debut.

Josh King 5 – Enjoyed more solid link-up play but wasn’t able to make any real impact.

Seamus Coleman 6 – Instantly improved Everton’s offensive movement after coming on, but by then it was too little too late.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are considering selling Lucas Digne in order to fund a move for Tottenham defender Sergio Reguilon.