The Bonus Points
Everton earned an away win and also monopolised the top places in the Fantasy Premier League Bonus Point System (BPS); Ronald Koeman’s side contributed five of the top six ranked players.
Gareth Barry’s (£4.5million) first away goal for five years helped the Toffees midfielder claim the three bonus points with 33 BPS. The midfielder also made eight recoveries and three clearances, blocks and interceptions (CBI).
Mason Holgate (£4.5m) earned two bonus points with 28 BPS thanks to his assist for Barry’s winner. The 19-year-old defender also completed two dribbles and made nine recoveries in an eye-catching display.
Kevin Mirallas (£5.5m) completed Everton's hat-trick of bonus point earners - his equalising goal was the main contributing factor to his 26 BPS tally.
The ICT Index
Barry also came out on top in the ICT Index, registering 11.0 – an impressive return considering he managed double figures in the Index on just two occasions last season.
Surprisingly, Barry scored 54 for Threat with Romelu Lukaku (£9.0m) the only other player to match his two efforts on target.
Barkley made 20 successful passes in the final third, more than any other player.
Meanwhile, McClean supplied eight crossed balls for the Baggies, creating four chances for team-mates.
The Scout Notes
Holgate’s performance will give Koeman food for thought with Ashley Williams (£5.0m) primed to make his first start in the Gameweek 3 meeting with Stoke City. Holgate would seem the most likely to make way with Ramiro Funes Mori (£5.0m) and Phil Jagielka (£5.0m) completing Everton’s back three.
The introduction of Yannick Bolasie (£6.0m) and Romelu Lukaku from the bench demonstrated Everton’s new squad depth; the pair will also be pushing for starts against Stoke. That could see one or both of Kevin Mirallas and Gerard Deulofeu (both £6.5m) drop out.
Salomon Rondon (£6.5m) continues to look threatening up front, he was restricted to just two attempts by Koeman’s defence, though both came from inside the box.