Five things we learned as Everton drew with Watford

The Blues drew 2-2 at Goodison Park on Saturday with the newly-promoted Hornets and Roberto Martinez has questions to answer.

Romelu Lukaku needs proper service

If there’s one thing Everton are still struggling with from last season, it is providing Romelu Lukaku with proper service. As a result of his big frame, it’s easy to just lump the ball up to him and ask him to challenge defenders in the air. It is, however, not his game, and he is far better with the ball being fed into his feet or running at defenders. Everton need to learn this rapidly to get the goals from him.

Ross Barkley is still a rough diamond

What do you do with a conundrum like Ross Barkley? It’s a question that manager Roberto Martinez will have to answer, with the young star once again proving an enigma. His goal was another wonder strike to add to his collection, but all round his game is still rugged. His passing can either be sublime or woeful, while he often tries to do too much and loses possession. It’s one to ponder for the Catalan, but there’s no denying Barkley could be a star.

The Hornets have goals in them

They were one of the top scoring sides in the Championship last year and many had questioned whether that would translate into goals in the Premier League. On today's evidence, they may well have plenty of goals in them in this division. The first from Layun was a good finish that was gifted to him, but the second from Ighalo was a fine goal and certainly of Premier League quality. If they attack like they did at Goodison Park, safety is more than a possibility. 

A solid defence for Quique Flores

While it's hard to guess how a defence will fare across a whole season, it's fair to say Watford's were in fine form at Goodison Park. They dealt with the threat of Romelu Lukaku perfectly throughout the game and the two full-backs were effective in nullifying any threats from the likes of Kevin Mirallas. Overall, they were a solid unit and with Etienne Capoue in front of them, they proved hard to break down. If they continue for the rest of the campaign as they did against Everton, they should be fine this season. 

Everton are short on players, Watford may have invested well

Roberto Martinez has been quiet in this transfer window with just Gerard Deulofeu and Tom Cleverley arriving this summer, and it shows. When things were tough for them against the Hornets, they had few options from the bench to try and turn the game in their favour. At least three new players are needed to fill up the squad or things will be tough on the current crop. Conversely, the newly-promoted side have brought in a whole raft of players this summer, with many predicting it could have a negative effect. Far from that though, they looked to have gelled well on Saturday, with no new player having a bad game. Indeed, Capoue looks a steal despite his poor displays for Tottenham. 

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