Goals from Theo Walcott and Richarlison gave Everton a healthy 2-0 at the break. Southampton staged a fightback in the second half and pulled one back through Danny Ings.
Overall, there were so many good performances but one player who has particularly impressed was midfielder Idrissa Gueye.
The Senegal midfielder played both the games under Marco Silva, and the Everton boss has praised his performance as “amazing”. Everton fans took to social networking site Twitter to express their reaction on Gana’s performance and many felt he was brilliant during the game.
— Goodnight Vienna (@col_barca) August 18, 2018
— Davis (@Shot_Stopper24) August 18, 2018
Gana you absolute ledge!!!
— theeightyfives (@the85s) August 18, 2018
Well played, another amazing understated performance
— Ciaran Haren (@harz_marz) August 18, 2018
Incredible performance Gana. Keep it up!
— Joe Winter (@joewinter11) August 18, 2018
As brilliant as Richarlison was, the MOTM for me was Gueye. He properly bossed that midfield after Schneiderlin went off and brought the ball forwards more than I’ve ever seen him. Holgate was really on it as well and Tosun grafted hard. A team fighting for one another. #EFC
— Paul McAllister (@p_mcallister123) August 18, 2018
The 28-year-old is a midfield engine and is gradually developing into a key player for Silva. He was defensively very solid, and made three tackles, three interceptions and two clearances during the game.
The Senegal midfielder also made 45 passes, and attempted two shots on goal with one being on target. He could have done better with his passing and distribution but Silva will be very happy with his defensive contribution.
Everton have made an unbeaten start to their 2018-19 campaign, and the Toffees will be hoping to maintain that when they face Bournemouth in their next game.