Leicester City stood firm in the face of Manchester City’s late pursuit of Riyad Mahrez but this was a deadline day to forget for Claude Puel and his team. Theo Walcott struck the first goals of his Everton career to condemn the visitors to a deserved defeat under the blue moon at Goodison Park.
Everton’s recent purchase from Arsenal was the dominant performer as Sam Allardyce’s team ended a run of seven games without a win. It was a comfortable triumph too until Wayne Rooney was adjudged to have pulled Wilfred Ndidi in the box and Jamie Vardy converted the resulting penalty. Leicester finished with hope but whether distracted by the leaders’ interest in their star player, or simply out-manoeuvred by Everton, Puel’s team were second best.