Premier League Defender Club Review – Everton

Leighton Baines
Everton were decent throughout the season as the club took its first step in to the new era under the new owner and the new manager. It was too soon to expect them to challenge the superiority of the top six clubs, but in the end, they finished in
the expected seventh-spot with a point-total of 61 – which placed them eight points behind Manchester United in the fifth.

On the defensive front, they concede a total of 44 goals which meant that Ronald Koeman’s side had the joint-sixth best defence in the league.

Ashley Williams, who had arrived from Swansea last summer, was the most-used Everton defender while left-back Leighton Baines managed the most number of points in EuroFantasyLeague.

Let’s take a detailed look at how Toffees defenders fared during the 2016-17 EufoFantasyLeague season:

As mentioned before, Baines was the top-performing Everton defender during the season. He managed a total of 54 points from 32 starts. Besides helping with 12 clean sheets, he also contributed with two goals and three assists. He was also the most-expensive Toffees defender at 8.5m in the market. He finished the season with a decent Performance/Price (P/P) ratio of 6.2.

Central defender Ashley Williams was close behind Baines at 49 points. The 32-year-old, who joined the Toffees in a £12 million move last summer, managed 36 appearances during the season. The Wales international, who was available for 5.5m in the market, scored a solitary and provided three assists in addition to his contribution in 13 clean sheets. His only goal was the late winner in the 2-1 win over Arsenal at Goodison Park. He also picked up a red card during the 1-1 draw with Manchester United in April.

The next name on our list is of veteran centre-back and club captain Phil Jagielka. The England international managed a total of 27 appearances for Koeman’s side during the season. The 34-year-old was available for 7m on the market, and he put together a total of 37 points in our fantasy league. He was a part of eight clean sheets, and on the attacking front, he made a valuable contribution with three goals and two assists. He also picked up a red card in the 2-1 win over Arsenal in December.

Young central defender Matthew Pennington was available for 4.5m in the market, and he ended the season with a solitary point. He managed a total of two starts and a single appearance from the bench. The 22-year-old failed to keep a clean-sheet, but he did score his debut goal for the club in the 3-1 Merseyside Derby defeat in April.

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