Date: 13th January 2020 at 7:00pm
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Lots of Everton fans have been lauding Bernard on social media, after the club shared a number of statistics from his “fantastic” performance against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Brazilian midfielder featured in the starting line-up of a Premier League match for only the ninth time this season on Saturday, with boss Carlo Ancelotti favouring Bernard as the wide-left option in a flat 4-4-2.

Ancelotti had only called on the one-time international to start against Burnley and from the bench against Liverpool in the FA Cup during his previous games in charge, while a knee injury hampered Bernard’s campaign under Marco Silva.

Brighton boss Graham Potter would likely have wished that Bernard was only on the bench at the weekend after the performance he would produce against the Seagulls, with the club sharing that he made 17 final third passes, created four chances and won six duels.

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Bernard played his four key balls from a total of 35/47 accurate passes, having spent five per cent of the match in control of possession and using his 64 touches to create three successful dribbles and one shot, per WhoScored data.

The £18million-rated star also took possession with two of his three tackles, while Sofa Score statistics show he won his six ground duels from eight attempts.

Sofa Score figures also show that Bernard found a teammate with two of his three long-range passes, but failed to find anyone in the box with either of his two crosses.

Here are some of the messages shared as fans lauded Bernard for his performance in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Brighton…

In other Everton news, a £6million player is ‘close’ to securing a deal to leave Goodison Park this month.