Everton handed defender Lucas Digne a rest in the cup fixture against Southampton on Tuesday and his absence proves he’s already a vital player at Goodison Park.
The Toffees lost on penalties to the Saints to bow out of the Carabao Cup, as manager Marco Silva made seven changes to his side and paid the ultimate price.
Loyal servant Leighton Baines got the opportunity to impress at left-back, but unfortunately the 33-year-old showed that his levels are declining rapidly.
He didn’t have the pace to seriously threaten Southampton like years gone by and his delivery into the penalty area was mixed.
Digne has overtaken Baines in the full-back pecking order since joining from Barcelona in the summer and that looks unlikely to change anytime soon after the cup performance.
The 25-year-old is a speed machine that has given the Merseyside club a great outlet when he plays and is a serious threat on the left flank, something Everton fans used to love watching Baines do.
They now have a new attacking left-back in Digne, who is certainly one of the more settled members of Silva’s starting XI and looks set for a decent season.