Dyche backs Calvert-Lewin to fire on all cylinders as Merseyside derby looms | Everton

According to Sean Dyche, his patience in rehabilitating Dominic Calvert-Lewin is paying off as the Everton striker is nearing a return to the form that earned him a place in the England squad.

Recently, Calvert-Lewin acknowledged Dyche as a major influence in his recovery from two years of injury struggles. He has scored in three consecutive games and delivered an impressive performance in the win over Bournemouth prior to the international break. The 26-year-old praised his manager for not rushing him back to play at only 60% fitness, a contrast to previous Everton managers.

Dyche stated, “I wouldn’t comment on what other managers did because everyone has their own style. My approach stems from a personal experience during my time as a player at Bristol City. After being booed off following a long back injury, I realized I wasn’t match fit despite agreeing to play. I learned the importance of giving players a chance only when they are truly fit, not when I think they are.”

He continued, “My goal for Calvert-Lewin wasn’t just about playing. I wanted him to gradually build his fitness by training and allowing his body to recover properly. Eventually, his true fitness would be achieved, and his game would return to its desired level. I believe he is very close to that now.”

Besides managing Calvert-Lewin’s recovery, Dyche has also dealt with off-field issues ahead of the Merseyside derby against Liverpool. Everton is facing an independent commission hearing regarding an alleged breach of Premier League profit and sustainability rules. Potential punishments include fines, transfer embargoes, or points deductions. The club vehemently denies non-compliance with the league’s rules.

Additionally, Everton has borrowed £20 million from prospective owners 777 Partners to cover short-term working capital, bringing the total loaned since September to £40 million. 777 Partners denies allegations of failing to provide audited financial statements to the Financial Conduct Authority.

Dyche commented on these issues, saying, “I haven’t heard any discussions about them in the changing room or among the staff. Everyone is fully focused on our own responsibilities.”


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