Everton's 0-0 home draw with West Bromwich Albion on Monday night saw Roberto Martinez's side produce some varying performances.
Hit – John Stones
After a somewhat questionable performance in last week’s FA Cup defeat at West Ham United, Stones was back to his best on this occasion, keeping former Toffees striker Victor Anichebe in check for the entire 90 minutes.
The England international misplaced just three passes on the night, and one could argue he was even the home side’s most creative presence when drifting out wide to bomb down the right-hand side.
Most fans were well aware beforehand, but it’s clear that Everton have a real gem on their hands.
Miss – Kevin Mirallas
After a weekend of speculation surrounding his future, a 45-minute horror show was the last thing Mirallas needed.
The Belgium international failed to trouble the Baggies defence in the first-half and put his spot-kick wide following Joleon Lescott’s hand ball in the area, having seized duties from usual taker Leighton Baines.
Withdrawn at the break, manager Roberto Martinez claimed his substitution was down to fitness issues after the match, but one suspects there might have been something more to it.
Hit – Muhamed Besic
Besic might have made an indifferent start to his Everton career, but his recent performances have proved, at just £4 million, what a wise summer investment he was for the club.
Demonstrating his slick passing, tireless work-rate and impressive bite, Martinez would be hard-pressed to find a midfielder as complete as the Bosnian for a similar price.
There were boos at Goodison Park upon his substitution in the 75th-minute for Arouna Kone, and for good reason, too.
Miss – Ross Barkley
With another underwhelming outing, fans have to wonder just what’s happened to their prized asset in recent weeks.
His passing when dropping deep was solid, as usual, but there just wasn’t that drive in the final third which was so often showcased last season.
Expectation levels are perhaps too high at this point in time, as is the case with most England prospects, but it’s no coincidence that his recent dip in form has coincided with Everton’s poor run of results.