By Pranav Shahaney

15th Oct, 2022 | 7:29pm

Everton player ratings v Spurs: Neal Maupay stinks, James Tarkowski shines

Everton suffered a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday night in the Premier League as they remain in the bottom half.

Harry Kane opened the scoring in the second half of the contest before Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg sealed the three points for the hosts.

The Toffees defend resolutely and even went on to attack in the second half but did not do enough to score.

Our player ratings from this one:

Jordan Pickford – 4

Made five saves on the day but had a few shaky moments. Did well to sweep up a few long balls as well and he’ll have a few qualms about his performance and maybe could’ve done better to stop them from scoring, especially when he spilt the ball for the penalty.

Seamus Coleman – 4

The Toffees veteran does not seem ready to play week in week out at the top level and he had another poor game. His passing was wayward and he failed to have as much of an offensive impact as he would’ve liked. The team looked better after he was subbed off.

James Tarkowski – 8

The English defender was our Man of the Match and rarely let the Spurs attackers get the better of him. He was good at clearing his lines and also made important last-ditch challenges, especially the one on Son at the end of the game. Solid outing and a solid signing for Everton.

Conor Coady – 6

Much like Tarkowski, Coady had a decent outing too but made a few needless errors and the defensive side of his game was exposed on occasion. He’ll have better games but this was certainly an important lesson for him and he’ll improve in coming weeks.

Vitaliy Mykolenko – 5

Lost most of his attempted duels and it wasn’t the defensive performance that will make Lampard proud. Mykolneko is an attacking full-back and in games where they’re the underdogs, he’s got to show that he can defend as well. Apart from that, he was one of the club’s best passers and improved a great deal in the second half.

Alex Iwobi – 4

He’s had good games recently but this one, unfortunately, was far from special and he’ll be the first one to tell you that. Lacked the energy and hunger he’s shown in the past weeks. He could not complete a single dribble and won just two of his six attempted duels.

Idrissa Gueye – 4

Solid with the ball but without the ball failed to assert his authority on the opposition and will certainly regret not doing enough to keep the likes of Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur at bay.

Amadou Onana – 6

Was the best of the three Everton midfielders and is proving with every game why the club spent so much money to bring him in. He won seven of his 10 attempted ground duels and was very important in turning over possession and setting up counterattacks.

Demarai Gray – 5

In the second half, Spurs sat back, giving the likes of Gray more time on the ball. However, he failed to influence play a great deal and barring a few threatening moments, did not do enough.

Neal Maupay – 2

A shocking game from the summer signing who put in arguably his worst game in a Toffees shirt. Known to drop deep and link up whenever he played for Brighton, Maupay remained a peripheral figure here. Recorded the lowest touches on the pitch and failed to register a single attempt at goal all game.

Dwight McNeil -5

Much like Gray, he looked like he wanted to make things happen, but the absence of Anthony Gordon was clearly felt. McNeil did get stuck in and fought some tough battles down the left, but unfortunately, could not set up anything big for the other Everton players.

Substitutions

James Garner – 5

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 4

Salomon Rondon – 3