Dyche gives positive presser as Everton prepare for Luton on Friday

The Blues boss was speaking to the media today talking about injuries and gave an upbeat assessment of things as his squad looks forward to travelling to Luton Town on Friday.
Everton FC v Brentford FC - Premier League
Everton FC v Brentford FC - Premier League / Lewis Storey/GettyImages

Not surprisingly, Dyche was in a good frame of mind as he faced the press given that his Everton side has secured it's Premier League status again after beating Brentford on Saturday afternoon,

That win meant that his Toffees team had got across the line with three games to spare, something that had looked very unlikely just a few weeks ago.

Following that horrendous six nil loss at Chelsea on the 15th April, things had looked dire for the Blues and a nail-biting battle to avoid relegation for a third consecutive season, seemed inevitable.

One of the matches that had taken on an increasingly huge significance was the game on Friday night at Kenilworth Road.

It was shaping up to be the proverbial 'six-pointer' with Everton potentially needing a win at the Hatters to give them some breathing room and the home side determined to try and pull the Toffees back into the relegation scrap.

But now, after a superb six days that began with victory over Nottingham Forest, followed by a terrific derby win over Liverpool and then rounded off with that defeat of Brentford, the Blues can afford to relax a little.

Dyche though made it clear that is not the attitude of himself or his players and that they are looking to finish the campaign as strongly as possible.

So, it is good news that it seems as though almost all of the manager's first-choice players (apart from at full-back) are looking likely to be fit and healthy for Friday.

Most of all, although he isn't certain to be, Dominic Calvert-Lewin could well be available for the trip down south as is fellow centre-forward Beto who has recovered from the freak injury he suffered against Forest.

While having both strikers fit is a boost for Dyche, I would be tempted to let Youssef Chermiti continue as a starter and give the other two a rest.

Chermiti acquitted himself well enough against Brentford given the fact it was his first start in the Premier League, that he was ploughing a lonely farrow up front and was starved of any decent and consistent service in what was a poor contest overall.

The young Portuguese starlet showed some deft touches and looked ready to battle when required to do so, as he will have to if he is to succeed in the Premier League.

With Everton safe and not desperately needing to win any of their last three matches - although of course we all want to see the team finish as high up the table as possible - it is an ideal opportunity to give him some much-needed game-time.

The only serious injury problems centre on the full-back positions where the Toffees are missing both Nathan Patterson and Vitalii Mykolenko. Some good news is that Seamus Coleman is back in training.

Ben Godfrey and Ashley Young have filled in well enough and should be able to cover for the two young defenders if Coleman is still struggling. .

Evertonians are in the now unfamiliar position of being able to sit back and relax until the end of the season something that hasn't happened for three years.

With the pressure off the team and already doomed Sheffield United next at Goodison Park, let's hope that it results in a few more wins before the side travel to Arsenal on the final day.