Everton are facing another relegation scrap at the bottom of the table over the remainder of their Premier League season and newly-appointed Sean Dyche is all too familiar with the challenging times ahead after his decade-long stint with Burnley.
The 51-year-old manager has built up a reputation as somewhat of a relegation expert following his success at keeping his former club in the Premier League for five consecutive seasons with finishing placements between 7th and 17th, and will now need to put his experience into action on the blue side of Merseyside.
The Toffees are currently 18th in the Premier League table following a run of disjointed performances that left the side vulnerable and ultimately Frank Lampard without a job, with Dyche already giving a glimpse of what is possible with the current crop of players after winning his first game in charge against league leaders Arsenal last weekend.
As a result, it would come as no surprise if the former Burnley boss uses some of his old Turf Moor tricks and tactics to get Everton in a much more stable position to give them the best possible chance of retaining their top-flight status over their remaining 17 fixtures.
An issue that needs to be resolved at Goodison Park is the lack of goals being scored with the side tallying up the second-least amount of goals in the entire Premier League this season and with Anthony Gordon making an unexpected exit last month, it could be the perfect opportunity for Dyche to change things up in front of goal.
Dyche is one of the few remaining Premier League managers who has thrived using the dying formation of 4-4-2, despite the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp transforming the style of play that has been replicated in many ways by a number of managers in the league for success.
Playing two strikers instead of one could be a perfect solution for Everton’s lack of goal threat and lack of reliable wingers at present in order to give the side a boost in their goal contributions over the rest of the season.
In fact, it could be a great chance for Ellis Simms to finally get some first-team football at Goodison Park by combining his energetic talent with the experience of Everton’s poacher Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Should Dyche play two strikers at Everton?
Simms returned to the Merseyside club last month after being recalled from his successful loan spell at Sunderland and instead of letting the player get lost in the academy again or waste away on the bench, Dyche could take full advantage of the fine form the youngster displayed at the Stadium of Light.
Over 17 Championship appearances, the 22-year-old striker – who was dubbed a “real asset” by journalist James Copley – scored seven goals, registered two assists and created five big chances, as well as averaging 1.9 shots on goal and winning 3.9 duels per game, proving that he is a real threat in front of goal.
With that being said, Dyche could replicate his Turf Moor masterclass at Goodison Park by deploying Simms alongside Calvert-Lewin and if it pays off it could well save Everton’s season.