April 14, 2024

Everton will be desperate to claim their first win since being docked ten points today, but face a tough task travelling to Nottingham Forest and claiming a result.

The Tricky Trees are a notoriously impressive side when backed by their home support, and whilst they were beaten last weekend by Brighton and Hove Albion in frustrating fashion, that actually marked their first loss at the City Ground this Premier League season.

In order to claim an important result, moving them one step closer to the safety they so richly crave, the Toffees will have to remain solid and steadfast in their defensive approach.

Everton Training Session

Sean Dyche therefore cannot afford to have any possible liabilities on his end.

Many issues have been raised by Ashley Young’s prolonged first-team involvement, but today it needs to stop with the return of Sean Coleman.

How bad has Ashley Young been?

Few anticipated the 38-year-old former Manchester United winger to join Everton on a free transfer last summer and start right away.

Nevertheless, it is evident that his 52-year-old employer prefers him despite his lack of agility, carelessness in tackles, and accountability at the back.

During his 12 Premier League starts this season, the full-back has already racked up two goals-resulting errors, one penalty, and seen red, leaving Nathan Patterson to watch, angry, from the sidelines (source: Sofascore).

Coleman, who is finally back from his injury sustained in May’s 2-2 draw with Leicester City, will at least represent a decent middle ground between the agile Scotsman and the seasoned Englishman if Dyche is unwilling to believe in the young.

According to their late chairman Bill Kenwright, the Ireland international has made 409 senior appearances for Everton and is still regarded as a “hero” in the Merseyside community.

Everton U21 v Athletic Bilbao U21: Premier League International Cup

The 35-year-old made an impression as a right-back only last season, recording two clearances and 1.5 tackles per game while making just one mistake that resulted in a goal across 23 appearances, according to Sofascore.

If he is cleared to start, the £55k-per-week mainstay would provide the stability and consistency Dyche has been looking for, therefore his involvement is essential today in what would be his first start of the campaign.

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