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Sean Dyche says Everton squad has got a new ‘nark’ who is changing the team

Everton manager Sean Dyche has explained his thoughts on James Garner’s development while also commenting on the displays of Vitalii Mykolenko and match-winner Idrissa Gueye following the 3-2 victory at Crystal Palace

 

05:00, 13 NOV 2023

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Everton manager Sean Dyche during his side’s 3-2 win at Crystal Palace

Everton manager Sean Dyche during his side’s 3-2 win at Crystal Palace (Image: Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

Everton manager Sean Dyche says he likes that James Garner is a ‘nark’ but wants the midfielder to be able to show his silk as well as steel.

 

Garner was one of four Everton players booked in the 3-2 win at Selhurst Park where he produced an energetic display against Crystal Palace, making a number of important challenges and blocks but while his gaffer appreciates the Birkenhead-born player doing the dirty work, he also recognises his ability to pick a pass.

 

Dyche said: “Jimmy Garner was terrific, he’s learning and improving, Jarrad was a bit quieter but has been excellent and Patto (Nathan Patterson) is unlucky and even though he’s been ill this week and Youngy (Ashley Young) has been solid, he’s another young player improving and learning. There are good signs for a lot of these players.”

 

When asked about former Manchester United player Garner’s temperament, the Blues boss said: “He’s just a good kid. He’s got that nice little edge about him that he’s a bit of a nark now and again, I like it.

 

“I think you need that as a footballer. The demands he places upon himself is very pleasing as he works very hard in training and I think he’s getting the rewards with his improvement.

 

“When I got here he’d been injured and stuff so that wasn’t helpful but you can see the improvement in him – week in, week out.

 

“Players these days have got it all there, it’s all in front of you. We can only guide them to where they want to go, it’s up to them and he’s showing signs he wants to grip it.

 

“That’s really pleasing to see him do it. I want him to do the hard yards and the basics of being a midfield player but I want him to play and have the freedom to play and he’s finding that nice mix.”

 

Another player who impressed was Vitalii Mykolenko who having previously gone 18 months without scoring, netted his second goal in as many games. While Dyche was pleased to see that, he recognises that the left-back’s principal duty remains keeping the opposition out.

 

He said: “My belief is defend first, that’s your job, that’s why you’re called a defender. The game has slightly changed but I always liked defenders who can defend and he certainly can.

 

“I think he’s now starting to show signs of what he can do going forwards as well. He can play, he’s got pace and he’s strong.

 

“His true fitness if you like, his Premier League fitness, is improving all the time as is his mentality towards it. He deserves the credit he gets and I think he’s enjoying it.”

 

Someone who Dyche didn’t have to tell what to do was match-winner Idrissa Gueye with the Everton manager acknowledging that the 34-year-old was smart enough to work out his own role after replacing Amadou Onana at the interval. He said: “He’s a bright footballer, I don’t have to give him too many messages, he knows how football works. We altered the shape slightly when they got more of a grip on the game in the second half but I must say I thought Palace were very good in the second half so I’m even more pleased with the result.

 

“The mentality for us to come through a soft second goal with a mix-up and then win the game. Idrissa is a rounded player, you don’t have to give him too much, just the role that he’s going to play.”

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