Date: 15th April 2018 at 12:55pm
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How we rated the players’ performances in the 1-1 draw at home against Everton, including key stats for each player.

Jordan Ayew was the clear stand out player, but Nathan Dyer struggled after coming on to replace Luciano Narsingh.

Match Stats: Swansea City 1-1 Everton

Another 2 Points Dropped? Or 1 Gained?

Starting 11

Lucasz Fabianski – 7/10

Couldn’t do any more to keep the goal out and looked his usual reliable self throughout. A few wayward kicks here and there but otherwise solid. Made 3 saves in the game compared to Pickford’s 4.

Kyle Naughton – 5.5/10

The right-back is constantly receiving criticism from fans, but he started the game quite well, but he, unfortunately, went back to his old self in the second half. Lofting balls over to the shortest man on the pitch – Nathan Dyer – is never a good idea, but he kept doing it. Made more tackles in the game than anybody else on the pitch though – 6. He got caught out for Everton’s goal between two Everton players and didn’t pick up Bolasie at the far post. Was unfortunate to see the ball deflect off him for the own goal.

Federico Fernandez – 7/10

Pretty much carried on from where he left off last Saturday at West Brom. He was my man of the match at the Hawthorns and he was a solid figure again today. I don’t know whether he’s been inspired by van der Hoorn alongside him recently but he looks physically stronger and has added a bit more physicality to his game. It cost the team a few free kicks in the final third here and there but they didn’t trouble us. Won 9 aerial challenges, more than any other in the Swansea team. 75% passing accuracy, although he made some poor passes, some that should have been easy to make. That’s still a serious weakness in his game.

Alfie Mawson – 6.5/10

Was rarely tested at the back, such was Everton’s toothless attack. Tried the usual long diagonals, most of which found the target.

Martin Olsson – 7/10

On his best games under Carlos Carvalhal. Despite lacking support immediately in front of him, he was excellent down the left and looks a far better player when he’s free to run down the left and offering an attacking threat. Didn’t suffer defensively too often like his opposite full-back did in the second half.

Ki Sung Yueng – 6/10

Ki had 94% passing success rate in the game, but other than a couple of shots on goal early on in the game, he didn’t offer a great deal and was later subbed in favour of striker Tammy Abraham.

Andy King – 6.5/10

Did the basics well, kept playing ticking over in midfield, had 87% passing accuracy and offers a lot more than Ki in the defensive phase.

Tom Carroll – 7/10

Another player that’s received a lot of criticism of late after some awful performances, but it was one of his better games against Everton. He looked happier in a more attacking role, as he pretty much operated as a wide-left attacker in a front 3, as he supported the two Ayew brothers brilliantly in the second half. His miss-kick volley assisted the equalising goal. 2 shots, 1 on target, 84% passing accuracy, 4 corners taken, 1 tackle.

Luciano Narsingh – 6.5/10

He’s barely been used under Carlos Carvalhal but he was given an opportunity as the Swans boss went with a more positive Line-Up and shape. It was unfortunate that he had to go off injured as he was a useful attacking outlet down the right. He  offered good pace on the counter-attack and grew into the game, but at times his final ball/decision let him down. 2 dribbles, 83% passing success rate.

Andre Ayew – 7.5/10

Another fighting, dogged performance from Andre. Doesn’t quite pose that same clinical threat in the box like his brother can and did, but he has some useful attributes that compliment Jordan alongside him. His defensive and battling qualities mainly can’t be underrated, but he missed another big chance in the first half. Shots: 2 (2 on target). 82% passing accuracy, 2 tackles, 4 aerials won.

Jordan Ayew – 8.5/10

Easily the star man, and head and shoulders better than anyone else on the pitch. He showed us what we’ve been desperately missing in recent weeks and that’s a clinical finisher. He took his goal brilliantly, Carroll’s volleyed, but a miss-kicked effort fell nicely in his path inside the box, and one touch and he half-volleyed it past Pickford and into the opposite corner. Shots 3 (1 on target), 77% passing success rate, 2 successful dribbles, 4 aerials won, 5 tackles.

Substitutes:

Nathan Dyer – 4.5/10

He struggled throughout in place of the injured Narsingh and lost possession too often. Couldn’t offer a threat down the right, and watching him and Naughton down the right was frustrating to say the least in the second half. We need better backup players than this.

Tammy Abraham – 6/10

Didn’t make a huge impact when coming on, but he was needed and he gave Everton’s back line something different to think about. He showed his usual poor touches here and there but he played a part in the lead-up to the equalising goal. Missed a great chance late on but he skied a shot well over from inside the box.