May 21, 2024

Sean Dyche at Everton has undoubtedly come to trust Vitaliy Mykolenko following his performance against Crystal Palace.

After yet another strong Premier League performance against Crystal Palace, Everton defender Vitaliy Mykolenko has unquestionably established himself as one of Sean Dyche’s go-to players.

At Selhurst Park on Saturday, November 11, the Toffees defeated the Seagulls in an exciting Premier League match thanks to a late goal from replacement Idrissa Gueye.

With 14 points from 12 games, Everton is now eight points above the drop zone and has only lost once in their last five games in all competitions.

Everton has also been having a fantastic run of goals in recent weeks; following their victory on Saturday, they have now scored 11 goals in their past five games across all competitions [SofaScore], despite having trouble in creating chances early in the season.

Over the last month or so, Dyche’s team has completely changed their offensive approach; they now rank sixth in terms of shots, sixth in terms of shots on target, and seventh in terms of shots on target per 90 [FBRef].

The Toffees’ impressive progress has been mostly attributed to players like Abdoulaye Doucoure, Dwight McNeil, and Jack Harrison. However, Mykolenko has emerged as a surprising goal scorer of late, as he scored his second straight goal against the Eagles on Sunday.

It was exactly two months ago when there was talk that the Ukrainian international had lost the trust of the Everton boss who had preferred to deploy Ashley Young in the left-back role.

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Former Daily Star journalist Paul Brown told GiveMeSport (8 September) that Dyche even prefers the likes of Ashley Young and Nathan Patterson to play at left-back over the Ukrainian despite them starting the season off poorly.

Mykolenko signed for the Merseyside club for a fee of £17m during the January transfer window in 2022 but had struggled to establish himself in the Everton team, with the Ukrainian only starting his first game of the season after the September international break.

Fast forward two months and the former Dynamo Kyiv left-back has now become a regular, trusted and crucial component in Dyche’s resurgence at Goodison Park, and his performance at Selhurst Park further pointed to the improvements Mykolenko is making in his game.

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As per SofaScore, the 24-year-old registered five clearances, won 50% of his ground duels, 100% of his aerial duels, successfully completed 100% of his dribbles, won three tackles [SofaScore] and could well have ended the match with two goals after hitting the woodwork.

Mykolenko seemed a forgotten man at the start of the campaign but what a difference two months can make in a footballer’s career and it seems the Ukrainian defender is now well and truly one of the first names on Dyche’s teamsheet.

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