Barcelona loanee, Gerard Deulofeu, inspired a rousing victory at Goodison Park as Everton humbled Stokes to move into the top four.
In what was his first league start for the ‘Toffees’ the Spanish teenager had already threatened before he fired the host in the ascendancy on 45 minutes following a neat exchange. Deulofeu sealed an impressive first-half performance with the opener, rifling in at the near post after playing a one-two with South African Steven Pienaar to burst into the area.
He then turned provider by crossing for Seamus Coleman to make it 2-0 after 49 minutes.
In the absence of Leighton Baines, Everton’s deputy left-back Bryan Oviedo scored the Merseysders’ fifth goal by a defender so far in the season with two minutes left to the half-hour mark.
A corner was played to the Costa Rican on the edge of the box, he ducked into a half-hearted challenge and then thumped home off the base of the post to make it 3-0.
Romelu Lukaku scored his eighth league goal of the season after another scintillating run down the left from Oviedo. The big Belgian got an pin-pointed pass from latter and poked in from four yards out.
19-year-old Deulofeu was undoubtedly the man of the match after earning his chance in place of Kevin Mirallas on the right side of Everton’s midfield and Stoke found it impossible to contain his dribbling and accomplished passing.
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