By Nick Ware

6th Nov, 2021 | 4:09pm

Jean-Luc Vasseur verdict shared by Everton Women Expert after first game v Leicester

We’re delighted to welcome Peter MacFarlane, member of the Everton Women Official Supporters Club, as our exclusive Everton Women expert.

Jean-Luc Vasseur appears to have made an instant impact upon the Everton Women’s team and its supporters since his appointment as manager last week.

The Frenchman was announced as Willie Kirk’s successor on October 29, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.

His first game in charge saw his side record a 3-1 win at Leicester City in the FA WSL Cup, and Everton Women’s Expert Peter MacFarlane was left thoroughly impressed by Vasseur’s start to life with the Blues.

“It was fantastic to see us get the appointment of Jean-Luc Vasseur completed so quickly during the international break,” MacFarlane told Goodison News. “Jean-Luc comes with such a high pedigree which will certainly make the other teams in the league stand up and take notice. It’s obviously early days and he will have had limited time with the squad, most of whom were away with their international teams, but the signs are certainly looking positive.

“We absolutely dominated possession for the first hour or so, we could’ve easily been three or four goals up. One of the most impressive things from the night was our level of intensity out of possession, we simply wouldn’t let Leicester settle on the ball.

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“Our front line worked tirelessly to press Leicester’s backline and our midfield stayed disciplined which meant that Leicester couldn’t get any kind of foothold on the game. That intensity is something that I think we’ve lacked in the early stages of this season”.

Everton host Brighton at Walton Park on Saturday evening, with the Seagulls currently sitting fifth in the WSL after three wins from their first five games.

MacFarlane, however, is confident that Vasseur and a home crowd can inspire a Blues win.

He said: “It will be interesting to see how we line up against Brighton this weekend, who have started the season well, but if we can play with the same intensity and discipline as we did on Wednesday, with the home crowd behind us, we should hopefully be looking at two wins in two, and what a great start to his Everton career that would be for Monsieur Vasseur.”

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