Muhamed Besic's display at the heart of Everton's midfield may have been overshadowed by Ross Barkley, but his role in the side should not be undervalued.
Barkley dropped back to play alongside Besic in the deeper midfield positions and stole the show with his blockbuster strike in the first half which gave his team the lead.
It was a brilliant piece of individual skill which highlighted how much promise the England international has, but Besic's performance was arguably more important to the team picking up a 3-1 win.
Roberto Martinez named a particularly attacking line-up against Queens Park Rangers and Besic played his function in the team with admirable maturity, as he provided a sizeable amount of protection to his defence.
Despite still adapting to the English game after a transfer this summer and only being 22-years-old, the Bosnian international looked at home playing a key role as a midfield stopper.
Besic completed seven tackles during the match, plus he made two interceptions and won a header.
He also impressed in an attacking sense, showing that he could pass accurately and beat the opposition three times with his dribbling ability.
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It was a robust, yet technically astute performance which showed why Martinez was convinced to part with £4 million to bring him to Goodison Park over the summer.
Besic will now be looking to continue to play the role of unsung hero in the side and Everton fans should be very excited by his superb show of quality during last night's match.