Everton temporarily moved to the top of the Premier League table on Saturday afternoon, after they hammered newly-promoted West Brom at Goodison Park
The Merseyside club continued their 100 per cent winning start in the second game of the campaign with a 5-2 home victory against West Brom.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side found themselves behind to Grady Diangana’s opener, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Rodriguez scored for the hosts to give them the lead at half-time.
West Brom made it 2-2 early in the second-half, but suffered due to the fact they had to play the entire second period with 10 men following Kieran Gibbs’ straight red card on the stroke of half-time.
Everton made the most of their numerical advantage with a Michael Keane goal to restore their lead, while in-form striker Calvert-Lewin added two more to complete a hat-trick and a comprehensive team win.
Everton legends Tim Cahill and Neville Southall both gave delighted responses on social media to the performance of Ancelotti’s team.
Another 3 points @Everton so many positives to take from this game, DCL hattrick, JAMES creativity and composure and 2wins from 2games, great start to the season 💙💙💙
— TIM CAHILL (@Tim_Cahill) September 19, 2020
A team that plays with passion and enthusiasm is a joy to watch
Lots to work on
But incredibly positive start
3 players have been a great spark
— Neville Southall (@NevilleSouthall) September 19, 2020
Everton certainly have looked a much improved side in the opening two games of the league season, plus they won in the Carabao Cup to show their squad is beginning to get stronger.
Summer signings Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure have made an obvious impact on the XI, which will now have some supporters feeling they have a good chance of pushing for the European positions this season.
They may get a better indication of where they are at when they face bitter rivals Liverpool on 17 October at Goodison Park, but before that they’ve got a really good chance to pick up some more points in league fixtures against Crystal Palace and Brighton.