April 14, 2024

Sean Dyche handed HUGE injury boost ahead of Everton’s midweek clash with Newcastle United 🤕👀

Everton and its fanbase will want to relish Saturday’s victory over Nottingham Forest, given how big of a step towards safety the result marked.

However, Sean Dyche will also be keen to bring his players back down to earth as quickly as possible, reminding them that they have two opportunities to build on such a fine victory with home results.

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It will be far from easy though, starting with Newcastle United on Thursday before Chelsea make the trip to Goodison Park on Sunday.

Whilst it was a near-faultless display against the Tricky Trees, there was a glaring weakness up front given the gulf in quality between Beto and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

With the latter ruled out due to a calf complaint, the former deputised with varying effectiveness.

However, Dyche would offer a glimmer of hope for the Thursday clash, speaking after the game: ‘Dom was touch and go, it is a tight one with him because of his past. I think as long as he has come through this weekend he has got a good chance for later in the week.’

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Whilst the Portuguese marksman did his best to offer that crucial focal point up top, with his physicality proving effective on numerous occasions, his lack of cutting-edge and hold-up play did see them struggle at times.

Meanwhile, Calvert-Lewin has already proven his importance to Everton on numerous occasions, with his absence arguably the biggest indicator in recent years.

It is no surprise that Everton have struggled throughout the two campaigns in which the Englishman has been plagued with injuries, having recently recaptured some semblance of his form and outlined his grand ambition whilst with the Merseyside outfit.

After all, in the year before he was struck down with his persisting ailments, the 26-year-old would score 21 goals in all competitions, assisting a further five.

Then, when compared to other strikers across Europe, Calvert-Lewin would rank in the top 8% for aerials won per 90.

These figures combine to emphasise the quality he brings as the spearhead of Dyche’s robust system, with the 52-year-old manager surely delighted at the prospect of his absence only being a short one.

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