Everton’s 6-2 home defeat against Tottenham was humbling for Marco Silva’s new-look side and should not be happening to a team with their lofty ambitions.
But if it served as a wake-up call, then it might be a positive in the long run and the immediate signs were that it sparked a reaction out of the Toffees yesterday.
In need of a response, Everton ran out 5-1 winners against struggling Burnley on Boxing Day, with Yerry Mina, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Richarlison all on the scoresheet, alongside two-goal hero Lucas Digne.
The Frenchman has already displayed his eye for goal since arriving from Barcelona in the summer and it was in full view again yesterday; he netted Everton’s second with a sumptuous first half free kick and their fourth with a thumping drive after the interval.
It was another impressive display from a player who has slotted in seamlessly at Goodison Park and looks set to be the long-term replacement for Leighton Baines that the club has been searching for for quite some time now.
The Everton supporters love him and showed him exactly that after yesterday’s double-salvo…
Quality mate. MOTM today again. Best signing we have made for a long time 👍💙
— Gary Savage (@sav4efc) December 26, 2018
You make losing Baines not hurt so much! 👍
— Joe Ainscough (@Joe_A_95) December 26, 2018
I’ve got a full mistletoe bush over my head. Just for you.
— azul🗿 (@thechicoazul) December 26, 2018
You were incredible today, Lucas! Man of the match! 👏
— Everton Blue Army (@EvertonBlueArmy) December 26, 2018
You're more important to me than my family is, I love you so much 💙
— ً (@Pxckford) December 26, 2018
Great performance Lucas. Star quality!
— Anne Roberts (@Anneroberts22) December 26, 2018
Player of the season so far my man 👍🏻
— Tate (@TateCallingham) December 26, 2018
Excellent display from you mate keep it goin 👍🏻
— Peter Jones (@Peter1878Jones) December 26, 2018