Ademola Lookman has yet to kick on from the blistering start he made to his Everton career but here in Cyprus he gave Sam Allardyce a timely reminder of his talent ahead of Sunday’s derby.
Apollon Limassol are not Liverpool and yet the quality of Lookman’s two goals should still be recognised by Allardyce, who was watching back home and is considering how best to tackle Jurgen Klopp’s side.
In this form, Lookman would be a serious asset off the bench, just as he was when scoring his only other goal for Everton in January.
Ademola Lookman let fly from range and buried his second of the game shortly after breaking the deadlock
Lookman celebrated with youngsters Fraser Hornby (left) and Harry Charsley after his wonderful start to the game
The winger headed in from close range to give his side the lead against Apollon Limassol in Nicosia
Lookman kept his celebrations relatively reserved but will have been delighted to show Sam Allardyce his worth
MATCH FACTS, TABLE AND MATCHZONE
LIMASSOL (4-2-1-3): Kissas 7; Joao Pedro 5, Pitian 6, Roberge 6, Jander 6; Allan 6, Sachetti 6; Martinez 6 (Pittas 74’ 5); Sardinero 6 (Jakolis 61’ 6), Schembri 6 (Zelaya 61’ 5), Papoulis 6.5
Subs not used: Vale, Stylianou, Yuste, Vasilou
Manager: Sofronis Avgousti 6
EVERTON (4-2-3-1): Robles 7; Baningime 7, Feeney 7, Besic 7, Charsley 7 (Denny 90’); Klaassen 7, Schneiderlin 7; Vlasic 7.5, Mirallas 7.5 (Gordon 88’), Lookman 8.5; Hornby 7.5 (Broadhead 82’)
Subs not used: Hewelt, Lavery, Duke-Mckenna, Collins
Manager (for the night): Craig Shakespeare 8
Referee: Sebastien Delferiere 7
Everton's second goal came after an astonishing sequence of 26 passes involving every Everton player. For more from our brilliant Matchzone, click here
Back then Lookman arrived as a substitute following his £10million move from Charlton and within a minute completed the 4-0 rout of Manchester City to announce his talent to the wider world.
His progress has not followed the smoothest path since but at 20-years-old there is plenty of time and his contribution to this victory over Limassol showed he has much in the bank already.
Lookman anticipated a fine cross to the far post by Nikola Vlasic and then applied a firm header to send the ball into the roof of the net for his for his first goal in the 21st minute.
The Toffees have endured a difficult campaign in the Europa League but Lookman gave them something to smile about
Nikola Vlasic scored the third for Everton to ensure they finished the group in third place ahead of the Cypriots
Craig Shakespeare will have been impressed with the young side as he took charge on the sidelines with Allardyce as home
Kevin Mirallas charges forward with possession as Apollon's Valentin Roberge sets off in pursuit of the Belgian
His second came seven minutes later and was a spectacular strike to round off a 26-pass move that included every Everton player.
Kevin Mirallas played the final ball that enabled Lookman to roam in from the left flank and he then elected to shoot from 30 yards, succeeding in firing into the top corner past Tasos Kissas.
Lookman had already seen an attempt saved by the Limassol goalkeeper early on and he also had a chance to seal his hat-trick in the 57th minute after dribbling past Jaoo Pedro. But Kissas was out quickly to thwart.
Fraser Hornby was making his Everton debut and was keep to get on the ball and make an impression
Beni Baningime (right) was another of the clubs youngsters to be entrusted with a start in the Europa League clash
Morgan Feeney manages to stab the ball away from danger under intense pressure from Adrian Sardinero (left)
Lookman was razor sharp and troubled the Apollon defence with his electric pace and technical ability
Mirallas had come under criticism for his commitment but showed his willingness in attack and defence
EVERTON'S YOUNG STARTERS
Morgan Feeney - A defender by trade. the 18-year-old has made three appearances for Everton this season. He's played twice in the Checkatrade Trophy against Notts County and Lincoln City, as well playing in the 5-1 thrashing by Atalanta.
Harry Charsley - A promising midfielder who can score goals. The 21-year-olds got his first chance this season when he was picked to play against Blackpool in the Checkatrade Trophy. He scored in the 1-1 draw.
Fraser Hornby - Plenty of talk about this talented 18-year-old midfielder last season. He scored 10 goals in 16 games last term for the under-18s. He came on as a substitute this season in the Checkatrade Trophy against Mansfield.
Everton had opportunities to make this an even more comfortable night before Nikola Vlasic underlined the victory by running clear and finishing smartly three minutes from time.
It has been a chastening campaign for the club, with the 2-2 draw at Goodison against Limassol their only point heading into this encounter, but this was an enjoyable occasion for the 1,500 or so Everton fans who made the trip to Nicosia.
In consultation with Allardyce, Craig Shakespeare picked a side with the average age of 23 and handed debuts to 18-year-old striker Fraser Hornby and 21-year-old full-back Harry Charsley.
Charsley saw a fine curling effort saved by Kissas and Vlasic was also denied by a good stop in the first half. With 17 minutes to go Mirallas had a point-blank opening but Kissas got his body in the way and he did likewise when Hornby struck a fierce finish seconds later.
Joel Robles was three times required to keep out Fotis Papoulis while Morgan Schneiderlin, Mo Besic, and Davy Klaassen were the other senior players to be given the full 90 minutes.
It might have seemed an inconsequential fixture but victory at least meant Everton avoided the ignominy of departing the Europa League as the bottom side in Group E, leapfrogging Limassol into third.
Nikola Vlasic unleashes a wicked drive from inside the box as Alan throws himself in the way of the strike
The travelling Everton supporters will have been heartened by their team's performance away from Goodison Park