February 25, 2024

Sean Dyche hasn’t exactly got everything right during his time at Everton, but the Toffees are moving in the right direction under the manager.


The Merseyside outfit currently sit 14th in the Premier League table, and are on an upward trajectory with two wins and a draw in their last three matches.


But things could be better for Dyche’s side, and one angle the man in the dugout could go down is to turn to two out-of-favour players.


Youngster Nathan Patterson and summer signing Arnaut Danjuma have not featured much in recent times, but according to Opta Analyst (16 November), the duo are well connected on the pitch.


Analysing the top Premier League chance-creating duos, the publication noted that the defender has created three chances for the attacker, resulting in one assist.

Impressively, given how the pair have played just 269 minutes together, their minutes per chance created figure currently sits at 90.


The Toffees pair have absolutely zero chance of catching up with the 13 chances that Mohamed Salah has created for Darwin Nunez at fierce rivals Liverpool, but perhaps it is a route worth exploring for Dyche in the months to come.


That avenue does seem unlikely though given how Ashley Young seems to have the right-back spot nailed down, with club captain Seamus Coleman close to returning from his long-term injury lay-off.


At the other end of the pitch meanwhile, the goals are starting to fly in thanks to the presence of the likes of Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dwight McNeil, with Danjuma struggling to land regular playing time.

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