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Everton Manager Sean Dyche on Missed Transfer Targets

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Sean Dyche, the manager of Everton, has affirmed that the club is working tirelessly to secure new signings for their squad. Despite their best efforts, the Toffees have encountered challenges in acquiring their targeted players during this summer transfer window. As they prepare for the new season, Dyche emphasizes the need to bolster their ranks to address their striking woes.

A Lean Transfer Window

During the summer transfer window, Everton has made two notable signings. Full-back Ashley Young joined the team on a free transfer, bringing his experience to the squad. Additionally, winger Arnaut Danjuma arrived on loan, adding flair and attacking prowess. However, the club’s pursuit of other transfer targets has faced obstacles, leaving Dyche and his team with limited options.

Concerns Over Scoring

Last season, Everton barely avoided relegation, securing a narrow 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on the final day. Their struggles in front of goal were evident, managing only 34 goals in 38 league games. Star striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin faced injury issues and scored just two goals throughout the campaign. Fellow striker Neal Maupay also struggled to find the net, registering only one goal in his last 40 league and cup appearances.

The Quest for a New Striker

To address their scoring concerns, Everton’s focus has been on acquiring a new striker. However, they suffered a setback when El Bilal Toure, a long-term target, opted to join Serie A side Atalanta from Almeria. Despite the interest in Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho, no formal approach has been made yet. Dyche acknowledges the importance of finding the right fit for their striking department.

Pre-season Progress and Financial Concerns

Everton’s pre-season campaign has been mixed, with some victories against Swiss second division side Stade Nyonnais and League One Wigan. However, their goal-scoring concerns persisted, with a need for injury-time heroics to secure a 1-0 win against Championship side Stoke. The fans remain optimistic, even playfully chanting about winning the league. However, the club faces financial challenges, with an upcoming independent commission hearing in October regarding alleged breach of the Premier League’s Financial Fair Play rules.

Working with Constraints

Operating on a tight budget, Dyche acknowledges the difficulties in navigating the current transfer market. Negotiations with players and clubs can be complex, leading to missed opportunities. Despite the setbacks, the manager assures fans that the team is dedicated to constructing deals that will benefit Everton’s future.

Building for the New Season

With the pre-season winding down, Everton prepares for their final friendly against Sporting Lisbon at Goodison Park. The team remains focused on fine-tuning their strategies and building cohesion. As they enter the Premier League campaign, Dyche emphasizes the need to find different ways of scoring goals and overcoming challenges on the field.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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