Everton player ratings v Young Boys: Lukaku leads a starring pack

Barkley, Lukaku, Barry

A Romelu Lukaka hat-trick saw Everton seal a fine 4-1 win in the first-leg of their Europa League last-32 tie at Young Boys.

Tim Howard 6.5/10 – Caught in a poor position for Hoarau’s sublime opener but otherwise handled himself well.

Seamus Coleman 7.5/10 – A real menace going forward, with his endeavours rewarded in the first-half with Everton’s second goal.

John Stones 6/10 – Was doing a decent job until being shown a red card in the 62nd-minute for bringing down Hoarau in the area.

Phil Jagielka 7/10 – Caught out on a couple of occasions but dealt with most of what was thrown at him in uncompromising fashion, recording a team-leading four interceptions and eight clearances on the night. A colossus in the air, too.

Bryan Oviedo 7/10 – Is proving an excellent replacement for Baines, providing top service down the left flank before having to go off with an injured hamstring just before the hour. The problem isn’t thought to be serious, though.

James McCarthy 7/10 – Kept things ticking over in the midfield and proved superb in covering for his attack-minded full-backs.

Gareth Barry 8/10 – Perhaps his best performance of the season. Distribution was excellent and even whipped in a few teasing crosses to ensure Lukaku was never short of service.

Ross Barkley 7/10 – Made a number of driving runs into the opposition half which helped open things up for his teammates. Didn’t quite have the end product on the night but was a much improved performance compared to recent weeks.

Steven Naismith 7.5/10 – Buzzed around with his tireless presence to put constant pressure on the Swiss side’s defence. Also provided an excellent assist for Coleman’s strike, bursting through with the ball and centring for his teammate to slide home.

Kevin Mirallas 6.5/10 – Pace caused serious problems for the opposition, even if he did prove a tad selfish on the ball at times.

Romelu Lukaku 9/10 – The hat-trick hero. Netted twice in the first-half and again after the break to help his side to a comfortable win. Could have added even more, though, were it not for some first-rate goalkeeping.

SUBSTITUTES

Luke Garbutt (Oviedo 58) 6.5/10 – Showed well in attack after coming on for Oviedo for the last 30 minutes. Would no doubt be a regular contributor were it not for the presence of the Costa Rican and Baines at Goodison Park.

Antonin Alcaraz (McCarthy 70) 6/10 – Made a couple of nice interceptions to ease concerns about him starting with Stones suspended.

Christian Atsu (Lukaku 85) N/A – No real time to make an impact during the closing stages.

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