Ricky van Wolfswinkel will have to get used to Norwich City supporters howling like wolves if he continues to demonstrate such predatory instincts in front of goal. This was a day of firsts at Carrow Road but Roberto Martínez's opening game in charge of Everton and Ross Barkley's wonder strike, his first for the club, were overshadowed by Van Wolfswinkel's headed equaliser with 19 minutes remaining.
The £8.5m record signing from Sporting Lisbon was starved of service for the majority of this match, which came to life shortly after half-time when Steven Whittaker jinked his way through the Everton defence to break the deadlock, sliding the ball into an empty net after his initial effort struck a post.
Barkley then rifled in a wonderful strike from 20 yards just after the hour and Seamus Coleman turned the tie in Everton's favour with a close range-finish four minutes later, before Whittaker's mishit shot found Van Wolfswinkel in the area to head past Tim Howard.
"He's done today what we wanted him to and that's not just about scoring goals, that's about working hard for the team," said Chris Hughton of Van Wolfswinkel. "He's a good outlet up front and a willing runner as well. I'm really pleased for him, it's not the be all and end all but it's nice to get a goal on your debut."
The Norwich manager added: "The challenge for him now is to do it at the top level, he's scored goals in Holland and Portugal but the Premier League is a tough league with arguably the best defenders."
A draw was a fair result but both sides will feel they could have closed out the match. Norwich, without Robert Snodgrass and Gary Hooper owing to minor injuries, were combative in midfield while Martínez argued that Everton deserved three points. Despite some impressive endeavour in the final third, though, it was Everton's defence, so strong last season, that faltered.
Sylvain Distin was coping admirably with the Norwich debutant Nathan Redmond, who was full of energy, yet Whittaker's opening goal was certainly preventable. He found himself with few options in an advanced position but after a fortunate ricochet he expertly shimmied past Marouane Fellaini before opening up his body and arcing a left-foot shot off Howard's right post, the ball bouncing back to the full-back who slid into an empty net.
The lead lasted 10 minutes. Everton were level as Barkley lashed the ball past John Ruddy with his left foot after Seamus Coleman had cut inside from the right flank.
Four minutes later Steven Pienaar slid a delicate ball through to Nikica Jelavic and his left-foot shot was palmed across goal by Ruddy, but only as far as the onrushing Coleman who buried the finish into an empty net.
Martínez paid tribute to Barkley: "You want to have as many players who can give you something special as you can. Ross has got that talent. I think we have a few throughout the squad and that's important for competition. I'm pleased with the manner in which he wants to learn and to listen. To have a player with that ability at that age  is an incredible asset for us. I'm pleased he's been able to show everyone he's ready."