Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti wants striker Moise Kean to improve technically and tactically but believes the teenager is heading in the right direction.
The 19-year-old scored his first goal for the club on his 22nd appearance since a £27.5million move from Juventus in a 71-minute display Goodison Park had been waiting for.
It was ultimately not enough for victory as Newcastle scored twice in added time to snatch a 2-2 draw but there was promise in his performance.
"It was good for him, for his confidence, for a striker to score goal it was important," said Ancelotti. "This goal can give him more confidence in what he is doing, he is doing well. He has to improve; he is young and has to improve technically and tactically but he is in the right way."
The draw made it just one league defeat in six league matches for Ancelotti and despite the devastating disappointment of allowing a win to slip through their fingers the manager refused to be too downbeat. He said: "It it's true we could have been more focused in the last minutes but I think the team played a fantastic game for all 90 minutes."