A spirited second half performance from the toffees wasn’t enough as Chelsea scrape through to the next round of the Carabao Cup.
The Everton academy may have produced another star in Baningime
The 19-year-old has been with Everton since he was just nine-years-old and made his debut for the first team against Chelsea. You wouldn’t think it though. The youngster looked calm and composed throughout the game and put in a great shift.
Adding to that was a crunching tackle on Chelsea debutant Ampadu which received praise from interim manager Unsworth. Many people saw this game as a way to give the youngster a bit of experience in the first team set up, but judging by this game he may have staked a claim for more than that.
Everton currently seem to be missing something in the centre of the park and after tonight’s performance, Baningime might be that player. There are already rumours that teams such as Manchester United are interested so Everton might have a battle on their hands to keep him.
Unsworth’s Everton showed promise for the future in second half display
Watching Everton’s first half performance didn’t give you much hope for the upcoming games. Although Everton didn’t look particularly uncomfortable; despite all of Chelsea’s possession; they had absolutely no bite going forward.
The second half produced a completely different performance however with Everton looking like a team re-born. By the time the full-time whistle came the feeling was that Everton arguably deserved to win, with great chances falling to Rooney, Mirallas, Lookman and Jagielka.
The Calvert-Lewin goal in the end came too late to mount an Everton comeback, but the performance certainly did no harm to Unsworth’s chances of getting the job permanently. Unsworth hasn’t hidden his desires to be more than an interim manager and the second half display will definitely give him a spring going into the game against Leicester at the weekend.
Chelsea are still grinding out results
The performance from Chelsea was poor, although they did dominate possession there were hardly any times that they truly troubled Everton and other than Zappacosta, no one seemed to be seriously driving at them.
The same can be said about the Watford performance, once again it wasn’t great but Chelsea went on to win the game. This will currently be a worry to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte but if the blues can keep winning games then it may not be as big of a problem as people are making out.
In fact, this may show true signs that the Champions may remain that way at the end of the season. Although Chelsea are playing poor they are still winning games and that is the crucial thing. The likelihood is, this is just a blip in form.
Chelsea have quality in depth
Chelsea’s three substitutes during the game saw Fabregas, Pedro and Morata enter the field of play. Everton on the other hand saw Calvert-Lewin, Lookman and Niasse come on, showing the massive difference in squad depth.
Add to that £35 million signing Danny Drinkwater being in the starting 11 after returning from injury, as well as £23 million Zappacosta at full back and you have a fairly decent depth to the team.
Conte will need this depth if he is to maintain a title challenge this season. The Blues’ boss is currently chasing leaders Manchester City in the league as the Blues sit nine points behind them. He is also trying to guide Chelsea out of a tricky Champions League group and now also has to contend with the quarter final of the Carabao Cup.
Everton’s centre-forward problem cost them again
As mentioned earlier Everton really could have won this game, not only did they have numerous good chances, but Chelsea were there for the taking as they put in a below-par performance throughout the entire of the game.
In the first half Everton’s lack of bite up top was extremely apparent as Rooney seriously struggled to get into the game. This allowed Chelsea an easy ride and they capitalised by taking the lead through a Rudiger header.
Although Unsworth will take encouragement from the fact that his two substitutes; Niasse and Calvert Lewin; combined to score Everton’s goal it does leave him in a predicament. Everton need to start winning games and you can only do that by scoring goals. Unsworth’s job will now be trying to find the right balance in the team to provide this.