Everton manager Sean Dyche is optimistic that the team’s long-standing goalscoring problem will be resolved soon. Despite creating 19 chances in their game against Fulham, Everton suffered a defeat in their opening match at home. Last season, they had the lowest goal-scoring record in the Premier League, losing 10 league matches. The main issue lies in the unavailability of Dominic Calvert-Lewin due to injury, and his lack of minutes in the pre-season means he may need a couple more weeks to be match-ready.
However, the signings of loanee Arnaut Danjuma and young Sporting striker Youssef Chermiti are expected to alleviate the burden. Danjuma made his debut as a late substitute, while Chermiti watched from the stands. The current deputy, Neal Maupay, has been struggling to convert chances, with only one goal in 30 appearances for the club.
Dyche stated that Dominic Calvert-Lewin will play some minutes in the upcoming week, along with other injured players who are nearing the end of their rehab period. Although Dyche is still looking for reinforcements, he acknowledges the need to maximize the resources he currently has. Danjuma is also working towards full fitness and is aware that he is slightly behind in terms of match fitness.
Everton had only 41 percent possession, but they made the most of their chances and could have secured the win by halftime with better finishing. Despite the disappointing result, the overall performance was more promising compared to the relegation struggles they faced when Dyche took over in January.
Dyche praised the quality of chances created during the game and mentioned that the expected goals (xG) figure was around three, which is considered high in the Premier League. He emphasized the progress the team has made and their ability to create opportunities, stating that they need to capitalize on those moments to score goals and maintain belief in their abilities.
Fulham, on the other hand, were fortunate to leave Goodison Park with a victory. Manager Marco Silva recognized the need for improvement, acknowledging that their pre-season preparations were not at the desired level and affected their energy levels. However, he highlighted that winning the match demonstrated their quality and potential to work better in the future.