Journalist names two out of favour players Dyche must utilize to keep Everton in the Premier League
Journalist Tony Scott has declared that Sean Dyche must make formation and personnel changes at Everton if they are to avoid relegation this season.
The Toffees are currently one of the favourites to go down after scoring the least goals of any Premier League team so far, so there is a desperate need for changes to be made.
Dyche has picked up six points from his first four games in charge at Everton, but he will have to do a lot more to keep them in the top flight.
The Merseyside club have not been relegated since 1951, something which Evertonians are proud of. However, after only narrowly avoiding the drop last season, they are currently in the midst of another relegation battle.
So far, they have won just five matches this season and as mentioned, have scored the least amount of goals in the Premier League.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has once again endured an injury-disrupted campaign, while summer signing Neal Maupay has scored just one goal in 18 league outings this season.
Dyche was promised a new centre-forward in the January window, but despite selling Anthony Gordon to Newcastle for £40m, Everton were the only team in the division not to make a winter signing.
With that in mind, the former Burnley manager will have to think outside the box to turn Everton’s goal-scoring fortunes around.
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Scott: Dyche must utilise Gray and Mina
With that in mind, Scott, who is an Everton supporter, has suggested Dyche needs to make two key changes to turn around the Blues’ season.
Speaking on the All Together Now podcast, he said: “I’m teaching six-year-olds how to play football, if I said to them we’re going to have a load of defenders and one striker upfront who can’t score a goal, even them at six years of age would go, Tony, we’re not going to score a goal here, what are you doing?
“That’s at this level, at the Premier League level I get the cards he’s been dealt with are absolutely brutal, no difference from Benitez and Lampard but if we’re going to play this way, we’re down.
“He’s got to think outside the box, he’s got to play Demarai Gray upfront. Let’s have a look at a few things he could change Yerry Mina is our best defender in my opinion, he’s been sat on the bench for the last three weeks.
“Demarai Gray is our best attacker and leading goalscorer, he’s been sat on the bench for the last three weeks, Michael Keane’s come in and we’re conceding four already.
“There’s some things that could help him, I’m not saying it’s going to make everything rosy again, far from it, but he can help himself by tweaking these little things.
“Because if he carries on playing this way, we’re down, we could be down before Easter and we have to change it quickly.”
Indeed, it is bizarre that Everton’s top scorer, Demarai Gray, has so far failed to make a start under Dyche.
The Toffees have a crucial game against fellow relegation contenders Nottingham Forest on Sunday, so it will be interesting to see if the English manager utilises Gray, as well as Yerry Mina, in that game.
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