Everton’s Bernard came up with a big performance at the right time.
Everton picked up their first win of the new season at the second time of asking, beating Watford 1-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Toffees had drawn 0-0 at Crystal Palace on the opening day of the season, but got their first in upon returning home on Saturday.
Bernard’s superb first half strike gave Everton the win, latching onto Lucas Digne’s pass over the top of the defence to finish past Ben Foster.
With another clean sheet, Marco Silva will be delighted with his defensive solidity, and he was able to hand a debut to Moise Kean – but Alex Iwobi wasn’t quite so lucky.
The 23-year-old joined from Arsenal on deadline day earlier this month, and whilst he was on the bench against Watford, he didn’t come on.
Not only that, but he was also handed a major warning by Bernard, who came up with a big performance and a fine goal to let Iwobi know that he won’t be taking his left wing spot without a fight.
The Brazilian flashed his quality last season, but the signing of Iwobi was seen by some as a potential replacement, given that Gylfi Sigurdsson – unfairly to some – and Richarlison seem firmly entrenched in their positions.
Bernard came up with a fine display exactly when he needed it, keeping himself of new boy Iwobi whilst sending a message that he’ll take some ousting from Silva’s side – and that’s a great dilemma for Silva to have, with so much quality at his disposal.