February 21, 2024

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The £50 million man is fully unleashed by Everton thanks to Sean Dyche’s master plan.

Given the circumstances, it was perhaps understandable. However, when Sean Dyche addressed the media on Friday afternoon at Finch Farm, one name was not on the lips of the members of the media in attendance.

Even before Dyche succeeded Frank Lampard back in January, the same name dominated the weekly pre-match press conferences. Questions about Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s fitness have become the norm.

Dyche himself has certainly had to answer plenty of questions about the player during his short tenure so far. It was a topic that felt like it was never going to go away.

But on Friday afternoon, there was not one question about the England international. Why? Because the forward is back fit and firing.

And here at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon, Calvert-Lewin finally netted his 50th Premier League goal for the club. Although, you can’t help but suspect he would have reached the landmark earlier had it not been for injuries.

Everton boss Sean Dyche on the touchline at West Ham

It was also a nice finish to mark the occasion. Taking a pass from Jack Harrison, he turned and fired low and hard into the corner of the net to secure his side a huge 1-0 win.

The smile during the celebrations told the story. The road back to full fitness has been a long one for the forward, but finally he is back where he wants to be: leading the line and scoring goals for Everton.

But Dyche also deserves praise because it appears he has managed the forward perfectly. Given the time to recover, Calvert-Lewin now looks like a player reborn.

Too often in the past, he rushed back quickly and ended up paying the price. But here, Everton look to have the forward, who was once touted as a £50million player, back. And boy, do they need him.

With Calvert-Lewin leading the line, there is no way this side should be fighting to avoid relegation to the Championship this season.

So while Calvert-Lewin celebrated hitting a landmark only reached by Romelu Lukaku (68), Duncan Ferguson (60) and Tim Cahill (56), this moment was also a reward for Dyche and his coaching staff for the patience and time they gave the England international to get himself fully fit

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