Under their current manager, Everton has undergone a metamorphosis; the problematic periods of the previous administration appear to have been erased to bring in a new era centred on solidity and a strong work ethic.
Such ideas were consistently present at Goodison Park for a considerable amount of time, and David Moyes was a genuine supporter of them.
However, in an effort to revolutionise his club, Farhad Moshiri lost his way on a path that has consisted of seven permanent managers in as many years.
At last, with Sean Dyche in charge, stability has become a near-certainty, having narrowly avoided the drop last season and finally started to pick up wins this campaign.
Such a return to form has not gone unnoticed either, with other Premier League managers giving their verdict on the former Burnley man, who shared the subtle changes he has been making to provoke an upturn in results.
Most seem to be able to predict what and how his Toffees will play, yet thwarting it is proving a difficult task.
Journalist Joe Thomas compiled their thoughts, writing for the Liverpool ECHO, noting: ‘He has created a style and identity that suits this group of players and is leading to positive results and while it may not always be pretty – as reflected in the words of Frank and de Zerbi, two classy, innovative managers – it is proving effective.’
When questioned about the 52-year-old, the Italian asserted, “I think it is very different.” They have excellent players and have struck the correct balance and style. They may have a distinct look, but they are extremely talented players.
Thomas said that the Brentford manager had expressed a similar opinion just a few weeks prior, saying that “he anticipated the away side would be dangerous from set pieces, intense when pressing, and physical in its efforts to win loose balls.”
Nevertheless, Everton emerged from those games with four points.
How does Sean Dyche set Everton up?
Dyche’s arrangement is by no means groundbreaking, as was previously observed. But it barely needs to be given the caliber of players at his disposal.
The Toffees have struggled mightily to score goals over the past two seasons, so it was surprising that he decided to address their defensive problems before concentrating on their blatant offensive.
This has already shown to be beneficial, since the objectives are now beginning to materialize along with their increased stability.
Since James Tarkowski and Jarrad Branthwaite are unlikely to be outmuscled at the back, the strategist frequently gives up the wide areas and is happy to let the opponent cross as much as they like.
Then, players like Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jack Harrison, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and others can break quickly when their opponents become irritated by their failure to break down such a cohesive unit.
Things are looking better for Dyche’s revitalized Everton, as they have only lost two of their past eight games across all competitions. This Saturday presents them with another great opportunity to take a scalp away from home.