Calvert-Lewin hits hat-trick as Everton thrash 10-man West Brom


Dominic Calvert-Lewin (centre) scores for Everton
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the first player to score a Premier League hat-trick for Everton since Wayne Rooney in 2017

Dominic Calvert-Lewin hit a first career hat-trick and James Rodriguez scored on his home debut as Everton continued their impressive start to the Premier League season with a dominant win against 10-man West Brom.

The Baggies took an early lead through an excellent solo effort by Grady Diangana, who broke from inside his own half before hitting a dipping effort beyond Jordan Pickford for his first top-flight goal.

Everton equalised midway through the first half when the video assistant referee overturned an offside decision after Calvert-Lewin cleverly backheeled into the net for his second goal in as many games.

Rodriguez then marked his home debut with a clinical finish on the stroke of half-time, sweeping a low effort into the far corner from Richarlison’s pass.

A crazy few minutes at the end of the first half saw Kieran Gibbs and manager Slaven Bilic sent off for the visitors – Gibbs dismissed for pushing Rodriguez, and Bilic for remonstrating with the officials as they made their way off the pitch at half-time.

Despite that double setback West Brom pulled level straight after the restart when Matheu Pereira curled in a stunning free-kick, but parity was short-lived as Michael Keane stabbed in a loose ball after Sam Johnstone parried Richarlison’s header.

Calvert-Lewin then got his second when he slid in from close range after good work by Rodriguez and Richarlison and completed his hat-trick by heading in Rodriguez’s corner.

Everton have won their opening two league fixtures for the first time in eight years, while defeat for West Brom means they are still searching for their first points of the season.

Early days, but Everton – and Rodriguez – look exciting

James Rodriguez
Rodriguez was involved in three of the five goals

After flirting with relegation and then limping towards a mid-table finish last season, Everton needed a big summer.

Despite the short turnaround, Carlo Ancelotti’s work in the transfer market has been impressive and the additions of Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure already appear to have significantly improved their midfield just two games into the season.

But it is the signing of Colombian forward Rodriguez that looks set to be the pick of the deals, as well as perhaps the best bit of business completed this summer in the Premier League.

Rodriguez caught the eye with his impressive footwork and vision in Everton’s opening win against Tottenham and built on that in this game as he was involved in three of the home side’s five goals.

His strike to make it 2-1 was one of real quality as, despite having four West Brom players in close attention, he took a touch before sweeping into the far corner from outside the box.

He then showed great vision for Everton’s fourth, lofting the ball into the box for Richarlison, who squared for Calvert-Lewin, and was on hand again to provide the assist for the English striker’s third.

Ancelotti clearly is a manager who can get the best out of Rodriguez, who has now scored in four of Europe’s top five leagues, with his first goals in La Liga, the Bundesliga and now the Premier League all coming under the Italian.

And the former Chelsea boss appears to be having the same influence on Calvert-Lewin. The striker had not scored more than six goals in a season in his first three Premier League campaigns but got 13 last term – eight of those under Ancelotti – and already has four this season.

Baggies need to shore up defence

When West Ham sold Diangana to West Brom this summer, it prompted an unexpected and angry message on social media from Hammers’ captain Mark Noble, who said he was “gutted, angry and sad” that the club had decided to sell the youngster.

His goal against Everton showed just why Noble rated Diangana so highly and justified West Brom’s decision to spend £18m of their budget on the England youth international.

Diangana’s raw talent coupled with the creativity of Pereira – who with 17 assists is second only to Kevin de Bruyne as top creator of goals in English football since the start of last season – means the Baggies have attacking flair that could serve them well this season.

But they have now conceded eight goals in just two games and there will need to be significant improvement in their defensive displays if they are to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.

Man of the match – Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)

Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates scoring for Everton
Man of the match could just as easily have gone to James Rodriguez but scoring a hat-trick in the Premier League is no easy feat and Calvert-Lewin showed a great striker’s instinct to be in the right place at the right time for all three of his goals

A first for Richarlison – the stats

  • Everton have registered back-to-back victories at the start of a Premier League campaign for the first time since 2012-13.
  • West Brom have conceded five goals in a Premier League game for the first time since a 5-5 draw on the final day of the 2012-13 season against Manchester United.
  • Seamus Coleman became only the sixth player to hit the 250-start milestone for Everton in the Premier League (also Tim Howard, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Leon Osman and David Unsworth).
  • Since his Everton debut in December 2016, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored 36 goals in all competitions, seven more than any other player for the Toffees.
  • Calvert-Lewin is the first Everton player to score a top-flight hat-trick since Wayne Rooney vs West Ham in November 2017, and the youngest Englishman to do so for the Toffees (23 years and 187 days) since Tony Cottee (23 years and 47 days) vs Newcastle in August 1988.
  • 34% of Everton playmaker James Rodríguez’s 53 goals in Europe’s top five leagues have been scored from outside the box (18 of 53), including three of his past six.
  • Kieran Gibbs is the first West Brom player to be sent off in the Premier League since Hal Robson-Kanu against Burnley in August 2017.
  • Everton attacker Richarlison registered two assists in a Premier League game for the first time ever (111 appearances in total).

What next?

Everton will look to make it four wins from four in all competitions when they travel to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, 26 September (15:00 BST), while West Brom host Chelsea on the same day (17:30 BST).

Everton

  1. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin

  2. Squad number19Player nameRodríguez

  3. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison

  4. Squad number6Player nameAllan

  5. Squad number12Player nameDigne

  6. Squad number5Player nameKeane

  7. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré

  8. Squad number23Player nameColeman

  9. Squad number21Player nameAndré Gomes

  10. Squad number10Player nameG Sigurdsson

  11. Squad number13Player nameMina

  12. Squad number17Player nameIwobi

  13. Squad number27Player nameKean

  14. Squad number1Player namePickford

West Bromwich Albion

  1. Squad number11Player nameDiangana

  2. Squad number12Player nameMatheus Pereira

  3. Squad number7Player nameRobinson

  4. Squad number8Player nameLivermore

  5. Squad number10Player namePhillips

  6. Squad number28Player nameField

  7. Squad number19Player nameSawyers

  8. Squad number21Player nameEdwards

  9. Squad number6Player nameSemi Ajayi

  10. Squad number27Player nameO’Shea

  11. Squad number5Player nameBartley

  12. Squad number2Player nameFurlong

  13. Squad number1Player nameJohnstone

  14. Squad number3Player nameGibbs

Line-ups

Everton

  • 1Pickford
  • 23Coleman
  • 13Mina
  • 5Keane
  • 12Digne
  • 16DoucouréBooked at 16minsSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 65′minutes
  • 6Allan
  • 21André Gomes
  • 19RodríguezSubstituted forKeanat 78′minutes
  • 9Calvert-LewinSubstituted forIwobiat 71′minutes
  • 7Richarlison

Substitutes

  • 2Kenny
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 17Iwobi
  • 20Bernard
  • 26Davies
  • 27Kean
  • 31Neves Virgínia

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2Furlong
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5Bartley
  • 27O’Shea
  • 3GibbsBooked at 45mins
  • 12Costa PereiraSubstituted forPhillipsat 71′minutes
  • 8Livermore
  • 19SawyersSubstituted forFieldat 75′minutes
  • 11DianganaSubstituted forEdwardsat 71′minutes
  • 7Robinson

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 10Phillips
  • 16Harper
  • 21Edwards
  • 24Kipré
  • 25Button
  • 28Field

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