Everton vs Brentford LIVE - Scores, goals and commentary stream
Was called into action midway through the half when having to deal with a stinging drive from Bryan Mbeumo which he initially parried in the wet conditions before gathering at the second attempt.
Not able to get forward as much compared to some recent home games, the captain nevertheless has been disciplined in his duties.
His additional physical presence brings a different dimension at left-back than Vitalii Mykolenko but while his athleticism up the wing provides a threat, his passing needs to be sharper.
Solid at the back while also being a threat from set-pieces going forward, he came close to doubling Everton’s lead when he attacked a Gray free-kick from the right with a header that went just wide.
Strong in the usual areas but looked a tad leggy at times against some of the fleet-footed attackers one of his former club’s now possess.
Industrious in the engine room to provide a shield in front of the back four.
Picked up the ball early on from Iwobi’s right in the move for the goal and might have been tempted to have a go himself but cleverly picked out McNeil for a smart assist and continued to be proactive in closing down opponents.
Had a big chance to double Everton’s lead when the ball fell into his path after Brentford goalkeeper David Raya could only parry a right wing cross from Iwobi but his first time effort went over the bar and in a similar scenario to the Forest game, you’d like to see him asserting himself more.
Played his part in starting the move for the goal and has been bright and breezy so far.
Dream start for the left winger as he fired Everton in front after just 45 seconds with a coolly-despatched finish and remained a constant threat with his deliveries from wide areas.
Denied a goal due to handball after a VAR check just before half-time and earlier went close to scoring with a low drive that Raya parried away for a corner.