Power Ranking Every Everton Player from the 2013/14 Premier League Season

Matt CheethamCorrespondent IMay 12, 2014

Power Ranking Every Everton Player from the 2013/14 Premier League Season

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    Everton's first season under Roberto Martinez is officially in the booksand what a promising year it's been.

    Replacing David Moyes, Martinez delivered European football at the first attempt, with his side playing attacking, attractive football and finishing an impressive fifth in the table.

    While a Champions League challenge fell short, the Toffees finished with their most points (72) and wins (21) since 1987, securing a most prosperous Premier League campaign to date.

    But away from the team, how have the individuals performed?

    Here's a look at the contribution of every player, power ranked from bottom to top.

    As the title implies, the following slides incorporate Premier League returns only.

     

    All statistics via WhoScored.com and Squawka.

28-23 Anichebe, Garbutt, Traore, Hibbert, Heitinga, Gibson

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    We start with six players who did not start a Premier League game for Everton, appearing just once as a substitute:

     

    28: Victor Anichebe

    Games (Sub): 0(1)

    Goals: 0

    Yellows/Reds: 0/0

    Despite playing a prominent role in pre-season, many were sceptical as to whether Victor Anichebe had a role in Martinez's pass-heavy system.

    Sure enough, after one injury-time appearance against Norwich, he left for West Brom.

     

    27: Luke Garbutt

    Games (Sub): 0(1)

    Goals: 0

    Yellows/Reds: 0/0

    Luke Garbutt made his Premier League debut against Southampton, coming on for an injured Leighton Baines.

    Before that, the 20-year-old performed well on loan at Colchester and will hope to remain with the first-team squad this summer.

     

    26: Lacina Traore

    Games (Sub): 0(1)

    Goals: 0

    Yellows/Reds: 0/0

    It's fair to say the loan signing of Lacina Traore didn't quite pan out as planned.

    Brought in during January, the Ivorian failed to make a Premier League appearance until the final moments of the season. He did, however, score during his only FA Cup outing.

     

    25: Tony Hibbert

    Games (Sub): 0(1)

    Goals: 0

    Yellows/Reds: 0/0

    The veteran defender has the third-most Premier League appearances at the club (260) but added just one of those over the course of this seasonhis least involvement in 14 years.

    A mixture of injuries and Seamus Coleman's relentless form kept Tony Hibbert performing a mentor's role from the sidelines.

     

    24: Johnny Heitinga

    Games (Sub): 0(1)

    Goals: 0

    Yellows/Reds: 0/0

    In the final year of a generous contract, this was always going to be Johnny Heitinga's final season at Goodison Park.

    He slid down the defender's depth chart, making a solitary 21-minute appearance in midfield against Norwich. He left in January for Fulham.

     

    23: Darron Gibson

    Games (Sub): 0(1)

    Goals: 0

    Yellows/Reds: 0/0

    Darron Gibson seemed poised for a key role in Martinez's system, featuring as Everton's main passer during much of pre-season.

    Sadly, his poor injury record continued. He began the season injured and played just 27 minutes against Manchester City before suffering cruciate knee ligament damage on international duty.

22: Joel Robles

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    Games (Sub): 1(1)

    Saves: 4

    Yellows/Reds: 0/0

    Everton's cup 'keeper, Joel Robles, made just two appearances in the Premier League.

    He emerged from the bench after 24 minutes against Sunderland, following Tim Howard's red card, and started the next game due to the American's suspension.

    While he made a couple of smart stops, Robles was flummoxed by a swerving shot against Southampton, conceding a goal he will be keen to forget. 

21: Arouna Kone

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    Games (Sub): 0(5)

    Goals: 0

    Yellows/Reds: 0/0

    Arouna Kone was another to suffer misfortune with injury.

    He made just five substitute appearances before knee surgery ended his season in October.

    In truth, the Ivorian looked shaky during his brief time on the field, hashing at several inviting opportunities in front of goal.

    Having splashed out to sign him, Everton will hope to have him fully fit next season.

20: Nikica Jelavic

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    Games (Sub): 5(4)

    Goals: 0

    Yellows/Reds: 0/0

    Nikica Jelavic was another striker many perceived not suited to Martinez's philosophy.

    The Croatian started the first five games of the season before losing his place to Romelu Lukaku. He appeared four more times off the bench, then departed to Hull City in January.

    Unable to score in the Premier League, his best contribution was a clever header that set up Steven Naismith's winner against Chelsea.

     

19: Marouane Fellaini

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    Games (Sub): 3(0)

    Goals: 0

    Yellows/Reds: 0/0

    It's easy to forget that Marouane Fellaini appeared three times for Everton prior to his blockbuster move to Manchester United.

    The Belgian midfielder actually played well, too.

    Martinez used him in more of a box-to-box role, and Fellaini led his side in passing and ball retention numbers for the early games of the season.

18: Antolin Alcaraz

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    Games (Sub): 5(1)

    Goals: 0

    Yellows/Reds: 0/0

    Antolin Alcaraz arrived from Wigan to provide depth and ball-playing options at centre-half, as well as useful experience in a three-man defence.

    He appeared just six times in total, as injury and the form of his team-mates kept him sidelined.

    When used, he showed a calm head, excellent positioning and a strong passing game from the back, although his lack of pace was ruthlessly exploited in a 4-0 loss at Liverpool.

    The Paraguayan may be used more during next season's Europa League campaign, especially if Martinez deploys three at the back.

17: Aiden McGeady

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    Games (Sub): 4(12)

    Goals: 0

    Yellows/Reds: 0/0

    Everton will see the best of Aiden McGeady next season.

    The Irishman arrived in January, signed without having played a game since November.

    Martinez predominately used him from the bench, where his brief cameos often added energy to the closing stages.

    He registered an assist against Fulham and showed impressive poise to help create Everton's last-minute winner against Cardiff.

    Expect his lightning-fast feet and wide array of trickery to be fully unleashed next season.

16: Bryan Oviedo

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    Games (Sub): 8(1)

    Goals: 2

    Yellows/Reds: 1/0

    Bryan Oviedo's season was yet another that promised so much before ending prematurely.

    An injury to Baines provided the Costa Rican with a short run in the side, and he announced himself with two goals in his first two startsincluding a dramatic late winner away at Manchester United.

    He perfectly mimicked Baines' attacking production and quashed any doubts over his supposed defensive frailties.

    Following Baines' return, Oviedo was viewed more prominently than before, occasionally appearing in left midfield. Sadly, a horrific double leg fracture ended his season—and World Cup hopesin January.

15: Gerard Deulofeu

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    Games (Sub): 9(16)

    Goals: 3

    Yellows/Reds: 1/0

    Gerard Deulofeu took a while adapting to English football but made several important contributions throughout the season.

    On his day, his devastating blend of pace and trickery can embarrass any defender; his immediate task, however, is to make himself more consistent.

    While his better displays could be world-class, Deulofeu's poorer games were often dire and hugely detrimental to his side.

    At this stage of his career, extending his stay with the Toffees would be a good move for all parties. A second season would surely bring a more prolonged bout of consistency, helping both Everton and Barcelona while further developing his game.

    An equaliser against Arsenal, his first Premier League start against Stoke and his performance away at Newcastle were some of his best moments in Everton colours.

14: John Stones

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    Games (Sub): 15(6)

    Goals: 0

    Yellows/Reds: 1/0

    John Stones enjoyed a rapid rise this season, from little-known youngster to arguably the leading defensive prospect in the country.

    His exceptional distribution and polished technique make him an ideal fit for Martinez's system, and, at just 19, he's shown incredible maturity and composure whenever involved.

    He started 11 of the Toffees' final 12 games at centre-back, keeping five clean sheets in the process.

    As with any youngster, he's susceptible to the odd poor decisionand stints at right-back have been less successfulbut the early signs suggest Stones has a very bright future.

13: Steven Pienaar

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    Games (Sub): 19(4)

    Goals: 1

    Yellows/Reds: 2/0

    When fully fit, Steven Pienaar was an important player for Martinez, but suffered a dip in his usual production.

    He was only able to start 19 games, scoring just once and providing two assists in the processfar below last year's return of six goals and six assists.

    The South African's role remains key, contrasting Everton's more direct options by cutting in from a flank to involve himself in combination play. His clever movement and slick interplay were key to several early-season goals.

    Off the ball, Pienaar's also the Toffees' most aware attacking midfielder, tirelessly tracking his man or tucking in to condense midfield.

    At 32, his input will slowly reduce, but he remains an influential member of Martinez's squad.

12: Steven Naismith

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    Games (Sub): 13(18)

    Goals: 5

    Yellows/Reds: 1/0

    Steven Naismith was Everton's most improved player this season, playing far more than most fans predicted.

    Martinez completely reinvented the Scottish international, ditching his role out wide in favour of a more central, attacking berth.

    He spent time up front, deputising for an injured Lukaku, but finished the season as the Toffees' first-choice No. 10.

    Naismith scored five times in the Premier League and nine times in all competitions, making him the club's second top scorer behind Lukaku.

    His match-winning strikes against Chelsea and Aston Villa, and all-round performance against Arsenal rank as his season's highlights. On his 2014 form alone, he would be ranked far higher.

     

11: Leon Osman

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    Games (Sub): 27(11)

    Goals: 3

    Yellows/Reds: 4/0

    Another player many envisaged seeing a reduced role under Martinez was Leon Osman; however, the 32-year-old finished the season featuring in every Premier League game—the only Everton player to do so.

    While he only played seven full games, Osman was consistent and provided important experience to the Toffees' youngsters.

    Deployed in a deeper role last season, the midfielder returned to a more attacking slot under Martinez.

    He initially rotated with Ross Barkley as the Toffees' No. 10 before eventually taking Pienaar's spot following the South African's injury.

    It may seem tough leaving him outside the top 10, but Osman's season was one of solid if unspectacular contributions.

    This was his poorest scoring return since 2010, and those ranked above him made more decisive impact. 

10: Phil Jagielka

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    Games (Sub): 26(0)

    Goals: 0

    Yellows/Reds: 2/0

    Had Phil Jagielka remained fit, he would have been a top-five pick, minimum.

    The centre-back was outstanding for the early part of the season, central to defining results against Manchester United and Arsenal.

    Leading the team for the first time, he adjusted his game to meet Martinez's style, confidently playing out from the back.

    Jagielka's positioning and anticipation remain among the very best in the country, and the Toffees were reliant on him and Sylvain Distin through many close wins.

    Sadly, the England international suffered a disjointed season from February. He missed 10 straight games following defeat to Chelsea and looked short of form and fitness upon his return.

9: Ross Barkley

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    Games (Sub): 25(9)

    Goals: 6

    Yellows/Reds: 5/0

    Ross Barkley is another player to enjoy a sudden rise. Having started just four games in two seasons, the youngster's become a first-team regular and a full international.

    He's produced many of Everton's best moments this season: a free-kick against Swansea, a memorising individual goal against Newcastle and a stunning strike against Manchester City were each outstanding.

    This is also why many will assume he should be higher, especially those only familiar with Everton's highlights; however, as with Deulofeu, Barkley needs to find better consistency.

    On song, he appears one of Europe's most promising talents, brushing past defenders with ease before unleashing fierce shots at goal. When not at his best, however, he can either be painfully error-prone or simply anonymous.

    The youngster must reduce the distance between his good and bad performances. Having failed to register an assist this season, he must also improve his final ball.

    Still just 20, this will all be ironed out as he matures. Expect Barkley to rank among Everton's best for many seasons to come.

8: Kevin Mirallas

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    Games (Sub): 28(4)

    Goals: 8

    Yellows/Reds: 6/0

    Kevin Mirallas produced another strong season for Everton.

    He was his side's second top scorer in the Premier League and also created the most chances (61) and assists (eight).

    His end product improved from last season, but there's still a belief the Belgian can produce even more.

    He's another direct attacker who can drift in and out of games, often making a sporadic impact, and some of his best contributions actually came from the bench.

    Despite that, Mirallas was the difference in several matches this season, scoring and creating a number of important goals.

    Games against Arsenal, Norwich and Aston Villa rank among his leading moments.

7: Sylvain Distin

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    Games (Sub): 33(0)

    Goals: 0

    Yellows/Reds: 3/0

    One of Everton's most unheralded players has been their best defender this season.

    Much of the Toffees' success has come from their solid foundation at the back, and no central-back has been as consistent or reliable as Sylvain Distin.

    His pace and power are a match for any striker and allows the Toffees to keep a high line at Martinez's choosing.

    Often left man-for-man at the back, Distin's experience was vital this season. He rarely produced a poor game and his partnership with Jagielka remains one of the division's finest.

    Strikingly, Everton won just one game and conceded 10 goals in the five games he missed, winning 20 and conceding just 29 in the 33 games he's started. Clearly, the Toffees are a far better defensive unit with the Frenchman involved.

    Now 36, exactly how he continues at such a high level is remarkable.

6. Romelu Lukaku

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    Games (Sub): 29(2)

    Goals: 15

    Yellows/Reds: 1/0

    Having mentioned how Everton's success came from the back, the key difference in this season's inflated points tally has been Lukaku.

    While his performances fluctuate, his predatory skills enabled the Toffees to win without having to play well—something missing for several seasons at Goodison Park.

    His and his team's form were often irrelevant as the Belgian finished with 15 goals, just one behind the club's Premier League record.

    Lukaku's hold-up play was inconsistent, but Everton's mass of head-down, direct attackers meant the Toffees never fully exploited his clever movement.

    At just 20, the Belgian will only improve, and every way of bringing him back should be explored.

5: Leighton Baines

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    Games (Sub): 32(0)

    Goals: 5

    Yellows/Reds: 6/0

    Baines would have topped this list for many of the past seasons, regularly seen as the Toffees' most important weapon.

    That was often because of how much he was relied upon, but Martinez has done well to spread the load.

    Baines created his side's most chances in 23 games last season, but saw that return evened out to just 14 under the Catalan. He remains the Premier League's most creative defender, but was overtaken by Mirallas as his club's leading provider.

    Despite that, Baines has still been one of his side's most consistent performers, heavily involved in the majority of attacks.

    A brace of free-kicks against West Ham stand out as his highlight, but perhaps more telling is his lack of moments to forget.

4: Tim Howard

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    Games (Sub): 37(0)

    Saves: 95

    Yellows/Reds: 4/1

    This may appear a high entry for some, but this has been Tim Howard's best season at Everton.

    His work has been seldom highlighted but he's kept 15 clean sheets despite making the third-most saves in the Premier League. Where he was sometimes hesitant in previous years he's been a pillar of consistency, reliable throughout.

    His performances in big gamesagainst Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester Unitedwere some of the best goalkeeping displays over the Premier League this season.

    The Toffees finished with the division's third-best defence but conceded more shots that nine other sidesfurther emphasising the American's form.

    As mentioned, Everton's success this season was built from the back, with Howard integral.

3: James McCarthy

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    Games (Sub): 31(3)

    Goals: 1

    Yellows/Reds: 5/0

    Three players could have easily topped this list, the first being James McCarthy.

    The Irishman arrived from Wigan in the summer, quickly establishing himself as his new side's heartbeat.

    Where Gareth Barry provided the guile, McCarthy brought dynamism and physicality, forming a perfect partnership in the Toffees' core.

    His persistent pressing disrupted many attacks, and his quick touch and passing game eased the transition to Martinez's new system.

    Still just 23, Everton have one of the best young midfielders in the country, who's only likely to improve.

2: Seamus Coleman

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    Games (Sub): 36(0)

    Goals: 6

    Yellows/Reds: 3/0

    Seamus Coleman was the majority of his team-mates' and fans' Player of the Season, receiving the official trophy at the club's end-of-season awards.

    He was also acknowledged as the best right-back in the Premier League this season, nominated in the PFA Team of the Year.

    The Irishman took his game to a new level. He scored six goalssecond best among defenderswhile he creating more chances (45) than any Premier League defender, excluding Baines.

    He also dribbled past more opponents (64) than any other defender and was the division's best attacking full-back.

    At the same time, his defensive contribution has continued to improve. He's one of the best tacklers at the club and was rarely beaten by an attacker.

    Alongside Baines, Coleman's rise gives Everton one of the best full-back tandems in England.

1: Gareth Barry

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    Games (Sub): 32(0)

    Goals: 3

    Yellows/Reds: 10/0

    So who could possibly beat the club's official Player of the Season?

    As close as this decision was, Barry remains the most integral piece of Everton's success this season, a vital enforcer of Martinez's approach.

    He's made a drastic switch of styles appear almost seamless, effortlessly moving his side around from central midfield.

    Where others have earned acclaim by scoring, Barry's been carefully behind the goal's construction, bringing the ball out from the back and passing through populated final thirds.

    Leading passer in 23 of the 32 games he's played, he's been the Toffees' dictator. His minimal touches and angled passes kept the tempo high, and he provided a protective shield to the defenders behind him.

    Others have may have grabbed the headlines, but Barry's presence gave Everton their identity this season.