By Joe Ellis

20th Apr, 2022 | 9:40pm

Everton player ratings v Leicester: 2/10 Vitaliy Mykolenko must adapt

Everton slipped back into their old ways but they did salvage a draw at home to Leicester City to add another crucial point to their tally.

The Toffees were behind within five minutes as fox in the box Harvey Barnes darted in front of Seamus Coleman to steer a James Maddison deflected cross into the far corner.

The second half was just as flat as the first but late into stoppage time, Richarlison finally found a way past the Leicester City goalkeeper to earn a valuable point for Everton.

Jordan Pickford – 7 (Man of the Match)

There was nothing Pickford could have done to stop Barnes from opening the scoring and everything that was asked of him after that he did well. There is only so much he can do sometimes and he needs to start getting proper help from his outfield players if the Toffees are to stay up at all.

Seamus Coleman – 4

He made a sensational last-ditch challenge to deny Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall in the opening minute but he was also the man who got beaten to the ball for Barnes’ opener and it was inexcusable really for such an experienced campaigner and the club captain.

Ben Godfrey – 3

How much longer does Lampard persevere with Godfrey after game after game of mediocrity? In fact, mediocre would be kind to the Englishman after tonight’s showing as he was run ragged by Kelechi Iheanacho and bailed out on more than one occasion by his fellow defenders.

Yerry Mina – 6

For a first game back in a long time, Mina held his own reasonably well against an energetic Leicester side. He was probably at fault for Dewsbury-Hall’s opening minute charge through the centre but a touch of rustiness should be expected after spending so long on the sidelines.

Vitaliy Mykolenko – 2

Everything good that came from the visiting Foxes came down their right-hand side and it meant that Mykolenko had a really tough evening. The trickery and clever movement of Maddison was too much for him and he needs to adapt to the Premier League quicker if he still wants to be in the division next season.

Allan – 4

If he really wants to leave Goodison Park for a return to playing under Maurizio Sarri at Lazio, then we will buy his plane ticket ourselves just to get him out. Another lacklustre display in the middle of the park proves he simply cannot hack it in England after having more than enough chances to prove us otherwise.

Fabian Delph – 6

You know it’s come to something when Delph has become one of your best players. Even at 31 years of age, and having hardly played in three seasons, he had the energy and tenacity to keep biting into tackles and trying to turn the game in Everton’s favour. He, like Pickford, can only do so much on his own.

Alex Iwobi – 6

A lot of heart was shown by Iwobi today but it came without the knowledge of the brain. There were some hapless runs to try and start a press but none of his teammates were prepared to do that and he got bypassed a tad too easily on more than one occasion. At least he looked like he gave a hoot and the crowd responded to his effort.

Demarai Gray – 3

Against his former side, Gray looked like he was owing them a favour for how ineffective he was. Ricardo Pereira might not have had an easier evening of football in his life as neither Gray nor Mykolenko could get anything going on the Everton left. Send him back to Leverkusen.

Anthony Gordon – 4

He tried so hard, bless him, but today was not one of his best days. A little bit of naivety when he got into good areas meant he rarely made the right decision and the few Toffees attacks broke down far too easily for our liking.

Richarlison – 5

Much like Gordon, the Brazilian had to work extremely hard for not very much against a well-oiled Leicester side. He should have buried a first-half header no questions asked but nodded it beyond the far post inexplicably but redeemed himself with that late equaliser.

Substitutes:

Dele Alli (on for Allan 58′) – 4

Salomon Rondon (on for Gray 66′) – 6

In other Everton news, this Toffees loanee is ready for the big time after his heroics while out on loan at the weekend.

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