Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the first player to score a Premier League hat-trick for Everton since Wayne Rooney in 2017
Dominic Calvert-Lewin hit a first career hat-trick and James Rodriguez scored on his home debut as Everton continued their impressive start to the Premier League season with a dominant win against 10-man West Brom.
The Baggies took an early lead through an excellent solo effort by Grady Diangana, who broke from inside his own half before hitting a dipping effort beyond Jordan Pickford for his first top-flight goal.
Everton equalised midway through the first half when the video assistant referee overturned an offside decision after Calvert-Lewin cleverly backheeled into the net for his second goal in as many games.
Rodriguez then marked his home debut with a clinical finish on the stroke of half-time, sweeping a low effort into the far corner from Richarlison’s pass.
A crazy few minutes at the end of the first half saw Kieran Gibbs and manager Slaven Bilic sent off for the visitors – Gibbs dismissed for pushing Rodriguez, and Bilic for remonstrating with the officials as they made their way off the pitch at half-time.
Despite that double setback West Brom pulled level straight after the restart when Matheu Pereira curled a stunning free-kick into the back of the net, but parity was short-lived as Michael Keane stabbed in a loose ball after Sam Johnstone parried Richarlison’s header.
Calvert-Lewin then got his second of the game when he slid in from close range after good work by Rodriguez and Richarlison and then completed his hat-trick by heading in Rodriguez’s corner.
Everton have won their opening two league fixtures for the first time in eight years while defeat for West Brom means they are still searching for their first points of the season.
Early days, but Everton – and Rodriguez – look exciting
Rodriguez was involved in three of the five goals
After flirting with relegation and then limping towards a mid-table finish last season, Everton needed a big summer to give themselves a real chance of kicking on and challenging further up the table this term.
Despite the short turnaround, Carlo Ancelotti’s work in the transfer market has been impressive and the additions of Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure already appear to have significantly improved their midfield just two games into the season.
But it is the signing of Colombian forward Rodriguez that looks set to be the pick of the signings done by Everton, as well as perhaps the best bit of business completed this summer in the Premier League.
Rodriguez caught the eye with his impressive footwork and vision in Everton’s opening day win against Tottenham and built on that in this game as he was involved in three of the home side’s five goals.
His strike to make it 2-1 was one of real quality as, despite having four West Brom players in close attention, he took a touch before sweeping into the far corner from outside the box.
Rodriguez then showed great vision for Everton’s fourth, lofting the ball into the box for Richarlison, who then squared for Calvert-Lewin, and then provided the assist for the English striker’s third.
Ancelotti clearly is a manager who can get the best out of Rodriguez, who has now scored scored in four of Europe’s top five leagues, with first goals in La Liga, the Bundesliga and now the Premier League all coming under the Italian.
And the former Chelsea boss appears to be having the same influence on Calvert-Lewin. The striker had not scored more than six goals in a season in his first three Premier League campaigns but got 13 last term – eight of those coming under Ancelotti – and he already has four goals this season.
Everton will look to make it four wins from four in all competitions when they travel to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday, 26 September (15:00 BST), while West Brom host Chelsea on the same day (17:30 BST).
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Match ends, Everton 5, West Bromwich Albion 2.
Second Half ends, Everton 5, West Bromwich Albion 2.
Foul by Moise Kean (Everton).
Dara O’Shea (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Richarlison (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Digne with a cross.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Dara O’Shea.
Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Sam Field tries a through ball, but Callum Robinson is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Moise Kean (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Michael Keane (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion).
Substitution, Everton. Moise Kean replaces James Rodríguez.
Foul by Alex Iwobi (Everton).
Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Offside, Everton. Gylfi Sigurdsson tries a through ball, but Richarlison is caught offside.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Sam Field replaces Romaine Sawyers.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kyle Edwards replaces Grady Diangana.
Substitution, Everton. Alex Iwobi replaces Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matt Phillips replaces Matheus Pereira.
Goal! Everton 5, West Bromwich Albion 2. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by James Rodríguez with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Romaine Sawyers.