Donny van de Beek has already made a big impression at Everton, putting in excellent performances on his first start and earning a rave review from Anthony Gordon.
The loanee Manchester United midfielder started alongside Brazilian Allan for the first time at Goodison Park on Saturday as Frank Lampard’s side easily dispatched Leeds United to see off 3-0 winners.
It has greatly improved the mood around the club to win so comfortably against a direct rival, having suffered a narrow defeat at Newcastle during the week.
And young winger Gordon who was credited with the third goal hailed the impact of his new Dutch team-mate.
“He started with Allan with a two in the middle of the field and it’s difficult to move around the field.
“I thought they had done amazing.”
New star man
It has already become clear why one of the new manager’s first moves was to hijack the former Ajax player’s proposed transfer to Crystal Palace.
His performance at Goodison on Saturday was fantastic and only raises more questions as to why he has been left languishing on the bench at Old Trafford since his £40m transfer 18 months ago.
The midfielder made his debut after an hour at St James Park on Tuesday with the team already losing, and was unable to affect the performance hugely.
But that, along with the whole squad, was a different story this weekend, as the dynamic display that saw the Toffees beat Brentford in the FA Cup in Lampard’s opener returned.
The former Chelsea boss doesn’t have much time to settle in his best, so the sooner certain players can make those decisions for him with their performances on the pitch, the better.
It would seem impossible for the 24-year-old to be dropped for the trip to Southampton next weekend, and another run similar to the one against Leeds would likely cement his place in the squad for the foreseeable future.
In other Everton news, Danny Murphy says the player’s role in the win was the ‘icing on the cake’ for Lampard’s plans.