Dyche reveals Everton could be missing both main strikers tonight

The Toffees manager was speaking to the media about injuries before tonight's Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
Newcastle United v Everton FC - Premier League
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In his comments Dyche spoke about the situation regarding his centre-forwards and revealed Everton could be without both Beto and Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the clash with Liverpool.

Facing the old enemy yet again was always going to be a tough ask anyway with the gap in class and quality between the teams obvious to everyone.

But not having either of his two first-choice strikers will clearly make it much harder for the Blues to overcome their miserable recent record at home against Liverpool.

Beto is out for a least two matches after that awful clash of heads with Morgan Gibbs-White in Sunday's win over Nottingham Forest.

Hopefully though he will be fit again sooner rather than later and in the meantime we wish him a speedy recovery.

Calvert-Lewin might make it but to be honest if he isn't 100% (a rare occurrence these days anyway!) I wouldn't risk him tomorrow and let him recover in time for the weekend's clash with Brentford.

But it does leave Dyche with very little in the way of options and no senior strikers available for the derby clash later today.

I know we have said it many times before but the Toffee's lack of good fortune is really quite incredible. This latest injury blow is just another piece of bad luck to go with so many others.

So, effectively Dyche will be forced into considering giving Youssef Chermiti a start as he literally doesn't have any other options to call upon.

The only other possibility I can see is one I have previously suggested during last season and that is to move Abdoulaye Doucoure right up front and have him partner Chermiti.

Of course Dyche did listen to me (!) and moved Doucoure into a move advanced, attacking role in his now infamous 4-4-1-1 formation, as soon as he took over from Frank Lampard. Initially it had very positive results as we all know.

The manager has of course persisted with this system during the current campaign but with much more inconsistent outcomes.

After seeing Doucoure net six times before the end of last year, he hasn't scored another one since returning from those hamstring injuries.

And, if recent results are anything to go by, it looks as though opposition sides are working his tactics out as well.

Anyway, given his injury problems it doesn't look as though Dyche has much choice but to experiment this evening, something we know he is loathe to do.