Two strikers but still no goals
There aren’t any signs of the classic Sean Dyche 4-4-2 formation deployed for so long at Burnley being reprieved at Everton yet but at least the Blues boss now has a couple of genuine like-for-like options up front.
You could argue there is actually a trio with teenager Youssef Chermiti, who was a £15million summer signing from Sporting CP, but with Beto – the club’s £25.8million acquisition from Udinese in the final week of the window – making his Goodison bow, number nine Dominic Calvert-Lewin is no longer a shoo-in to lead the line when fit and that has to be a good thing. However, whoever has been spearheading Everton’s attack at Goodison Park this term (it was Neal Maupay against Fulham and Arnaut Danjuma against Wolves), they – along with all of their team-mates – are still waiting to hit the net.
Along with the expected physical presence from 6ft 4in Beto, he demonstrated an ability to produce delicate touches for a big man as well as the bursts of pace he is known to possess, in truth there was very little supply line coming his way. Almost two thirds into the contest he was withdrawn for Calvert-Lewin but while the substitute did carve out a decent opportunity, he dragged his effort wide.
Danjuma – who netted in back-to-back away games before this – and last season’s top scorer Dwight McNeil, starting for the first time this term, were both also on the pitch but unable to find a way through. Everton have once again drawn a blank which is concerning for a team that scored just 34 times collectively last term but there should now be goals in this side.
VERDICT: Sean Dyche is about to get two chances to end recurring Everton nightmare
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