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Everton’s controversial alternative player ratings in Newcastle defeat - according to the stats experts

Dele Alli struggled for Everton on his debut yet was given a high score by WhoScored.com

Frank Lampard was given a baptism of fire in his first Premier League game as Everton boss.

The Toffees suffered a chatsening 3-1 defeat at Newcastle United and sunk further into the relegation mire.

Everton were second best against the Magpies, with few players being able to hold their heads high at the final whistle.

Dele Alli woeful on debut in relegation battle">LiverpoolWorld made Anthony Gordon the visitors’ man of the match for another performance of endeavour and heart.

Meanwhile, we felt Andre Gomes, Andros Townsend and debutant Dele Alli were particularly below par for Lampards’s troops.

But how did the stats experts rank Everton’s players at St James’ Park?

WhoScored.com claims its ratings are “considered to be the most accurate, respected and well-known performance indicators in the world of football”. It says that they are “based on a unique, comprehensive statistical algorithm, calculated live during the game”.

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