Everton secured a 1-0 win over AS Monaco on Friday evening in their latest pre-season friendly.
The Toffees lined up against the Ligue 1 giants in the hope of capping a hard week’s worth of training with a strong performance against Leonardo Jardim’s side.
It was a cagey affair throughout, but Everton were able to score the one and only goal of the match courtesy of a brave header from Seamus Coleman, who burst into the box to connect with Oumar Niasse’s deflected cross from the left.
Monaco nearly found the net, as Rony Lopes stepped up to take a penalty, but Maarten Stekelenburg made a good save to deny the Portuguese winger.
Marco Silva’s side could have had a hatful of goals, however, as they spurned numerous chances throughout. Niasse and Tom Davies both hit the woodwork, Theo Walcott had an effort cleared off the line, and Lucas Digne had a thumping strike from range fizz just wide of the post.
Nevertheless, Everton capped an eight-day break in the Alps with a win over their French counterparts.
Here are four findings from the friendly victory.
Everton must sign at least one striker
Everton are in dire need of another striker. Oumar Niasse tried and tried but simply highlighted the lack of depth in the final third of the pitch for the Toffees. Time is running out, and a high-quality number nine must be signed.
Gibson could be a part of Silva's plans
Lewis Gibson clumsily gave away the penalty but had a generally solid game. He recovered from his mistake well and displayed maturity. Silva appears to be a fan of the youngster, and it would come as little surprise to see him involved in the upcoming season.
Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne were the standout players for Everton. Both full-backs got forward well and used the ball effectively, with the former exploiting gaps in the Monaco back-line to score the decisive goal.
Stekelenburg could rival Lossl for a place on the bench
Maarten Stekelenburg is, on paper, Everton’s third-choice goalkeeper behind Jordan Pickford and new signing Jonas Lossl. However, the former Huddersfield Town man could have some competition for his place on the bench, with the experienced Dutchman turning in a strong performance between the sticks against Monaco.