By Pranav Shahaney

18th Mar, 2023 | 7:26pm

Everton player ratings v Chelsea: Ben Godfrey disappoints, Abdoulaye Doucoure stars

Everton managed to return from their travels to London with a point as they secured a 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 18 March.

The hosts twice took the lead but on both occasions were pegged back due to goals from Abdoulaye Doucoure and then Ellis Simms.

The result took Everton up to 15th place and Chelsea continue to struggle, dropping points from winning positions twice.

Our ratings from this one:

Jordan Pickford – 6

Little he could do for both goals, with one of them being a well-struck penalty from Havertz. Made five saves all game and marshalled his defence pretty well.

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Seamus Coleman – 3

Endured a pretty dull game and did not influence proceedings as he would’ve wanted to. Misplaced all four of his attempted long passes and had a pass accuracy of just 52 per cent. He also lost possession on 14 occasions and he certainly will not be happy with his performance.

Michael Keane – 4

Was the on-ball defender and helped with the build-up, but offered very little defensively. In games like this, Dyche would’ve wanted more defensive work and Keane did not give him that.

James Tarkowski – 8

Continues to put in solid performances for the Toffees even though his teammates often let him down. He wasn’t too involved in the build-up, but defensively was a menace. He blocked six shots on goal and also made five clearances in the game.

Ben Godfrey – 3

The English defender was way too slow to react to the concession of the penalty. At a stage where Everton had every chance to get something out of the game, he let his side down by making that unnecessary challenge. He lost possession on 14 occasions and did not do enough to justify his place in the team.

Alex Iwobi – 5

Playing out wide, one would expect more from the Nigerian, but he did not really do much on the ball. Off the ball, however, he was closing players down and doing his defensive duties to track players back.

Abdoulaye Doucoure – 9

An incredible performance. Known for his work-rate and ability to keep attackers at bay, this was an all-round display from the midfielder. He scored the first goal for the visitors and silenced the home fans. He kept at it and was tireless until the end and his phenomenal touch put Simms clean through on goal to score the equaliser.

Idrissa Gueye – 5

Was off with a few of his tackles and was deservedly booked for it. Dyche felt it better to bring him off rather than risk a red card. However, Gueye remained tidy with his passes, misplacing just five of them.

Amadou Onana – 7

The Belgian continued his all-energy displays and carried on his good run of form into this one. With a pass accuracy of nearly 85 per cent, he was one of the best in an Everton shirt. He also did everything to win the ball back and recycle play and played a huge role in getting a point for his side.

Dwight McNeil – 4

Had a quiet game, losing a colossal eight ground duels. He did not offer much of an attacking threat either and whenever he had the ball, failed to do too much with it.

Demarai Gray – 5

Tried getting involved in the buildup whenever he could and gave it his best at moving into the channels in order to be a goal threat. However, he is not a threat in the air as much as Dyche wants him to be and lost all his four aerial duels. However, once Simms came on, the attack had a different dimension to it and that actually benefited Gray as well.


Vitalii Mykolenko – 5

Ellis Simms – 7