82 touches, 8 ball recoveries: Pennington shines on Everton debut

The youngster was impressive in the Blues win over Bournemouth.

Everton defender Matthew Pennington was in impressive form as his side beat Bournemouth this weekend.

The Blues took on Eddie Howe’s side looking to bounce back from their disappointment in the FA Cup semi final against Manchester United.

With them having very little to play for however, Martinez made several changes to his side, electing to hand youngster Pennington his debut in defence alongside John Stones.

He did not let his manager down either, with an assured display at the back showing he may be the latest young star to role off the Everton production line.

As the stats provided by Opta show, he was heavily involved throughout the game in his side’s 2-1 win.

  MatchEffective ClearanceInterception WonDuel WonAerial WonPoss Won Def 3rdBall RecoveryPassing AccuracyTouches
Matthew Pennington Everton vs Bournemouth 3 1 5 4 8 8 82% 82

He managed to post 82 touches in total, with all of those proving to be successful for him.

A look at his defensive stats also showed he was impressive, posting three effective clearances and one interception.

When it came to defensive duels he enjoyed himself as he won five and matched that with four aerial duels won.

He really shone when it came to winning the ball back though, with possession won in the defensive third eight times and the same amount of ball recoveries.

His passing was also secure as he managed an overall success rate of 82% in a strong Premier League debut for the latest Everton youngster. 

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