Hopes were high going into the new Premier League season for Everton fans. The Toffees had come off an adequate 2016-2017 campaign as they finished 7th and qualified for the Europa League.
Everton had a well-known coach in Ronald Koeman, and things were progressing for the Merseyside club. Unfourtanlty, their talisman, Romelu Lukaku, was sold to Manchester United.
Everton invested heavily in the transfer market and spent over €150m last summer. They brought in the likes of former Toffee Wayne Rooney and Icelandic legend Gylfi Sigurðsson for a ridiculous fee of €50m.
Although the high nature of Everton’s spending was applauded, they never really replaced Lukaku, and it was unclear what type of formation and tactics Koeman was looking to adapt.
The Dutchman brought in three attacking midfielders in Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurðsson, and Davy Klaassen. All three players are great signings for Everton, but none are effective without an out and out striker, and all three excel in one position so only one can be on the field at once.
Poor start=Koeman sacking
Everton had only won 2 League games when Koeman was sacked after their poor performance against Arsenal in late October. David Unsworth was named as the caretaker manager for Everton after Koeman’s firing.
Things did not get better after Unsworth took over, as they just lost 4-1 to Southampton in one of Everton’s poorest performances in recent years. Many fans and pundits are now admitting that Everton are in a relegation battle as they sit in 16th.
Everton are being linked with managers like Sam Allardyce, who is a good manager that can keep them up, but he can’t progress Everton into a team trying to break into the top six.
Everton wanted Marco Silva of Watford, but the Portuguese is in his first season and is performing well with Watford. Everton would have to pay Watford around £15m if they wanted him.
Sean Dyche of Burnley has been rumored with Everton, but no serious links or negotiations have translated. Dyche would be the best fit for Everton and here are three reasons why.
Solves defensive issues
Burnley currently sit in 7th in the League table, which is extraordinary considering the size of Burnley. Dyche is well liked by the supporters and always seems to get the best out of his players.
This is especially emphasized when it comes to his center backs. Dyche and Burnley always have a strong defense, as The Clarets have only conceded 10 goals this season, which is less than Chelsea and equal to Tottenham.
All three players were bought for less than £3m and have all been extraordinary in their careers at Burnley. What’s Everton’s biggest problem? It’s their lackluster defense. This defense includes two aging center backs in Ashley Willams(33) and Phil Jagielka(35).
If Dyche came in he could bring in another center back in January and pair him up with his former player Michael Keane, who Everton bought last summer. Who knows, maybe Dyche would bring Mee or Tarkowski with him.
Goodison Park – a fortress
Burnley were near impossible to beat at home this season and last. Burnley won 10 out of its 19 games at home, including wins over Liverpool and Everton. This season Burnley have only lost twice at home, both tough losses to swallow for Burnley.
Everton, on the other hand, have been poor at one of the best stadiums in England, Goodison Park. In 6 games at Goodison, they have won 3 and lost 3. Not terrible, but definitely not a record we would expect from them.
Last season Burnley did not play the best football, as most games they sat back deep and suck in pressure. This season has been a little different for Dyche’s men, as they are pressing more and closing down faster.
Against Arsenal, they didn’t allow them to have too much time on the ball. Burnley were also keeping a lot of possession against a team like Arsenal who are a possession dominant team.
Everton under Koeman played negative football that you would not expect with the quality of players they had. You would not expect the style of play from Koeman either, who has Ajax and Barcelona DNA inside of him.
Dyche could further a counter pressing style at Everton with higher quality players at the club.
Dyche has been an underrated manager for some time. Now he is getting the recognition he deserves. Although Dyche and Burnley are having a terrific season, Dyche still needs to move on to a bigger club to enhance his career, as many believe he can become a great English manager.
If Everton do not sign Dyche, some other club will eventually, like Southampton. Don’t pay for Marco Silva, don’t bring in Sam Allardyce, bring in Dyche who can improve Everton and make them a consistent threat to invade the top six.