Everton start crucial run-in with massive match at Bournemouth

After a prolonged break from Premier League action the Blues return to action with a trip to the South Coast on Saturday.

Everton FC v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League
Everton FC v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League / Jan Kruger/GettyImages

It can hardly be overstated how big the next ten games will be for the future of Everton FC. Then again that's something we have said before isn't it?!

In fact it has become a tiresome theme over the last few years as the Toffees stumble from one near disaster to another, season after season.

Well now we are back in that scenario after a hugely disappointing start to 2024 which has seen the Blues fail to win a single Premier League match in this calendar year.

Everton's last victory in league competition was way back on 16th December a two nil win at Burnley, over four months ago.

Since then the Toffees have only managed to score more than one goal on a single occasion against Tottenham.

As an absolute priority Sean Dyche must find a way to ensure his side can make and score more goals, that must happen if the Blues are to find a way out of their latest nightmare.

And this weekend's match at Bournemouth would be the perfect place to start doing just that.

The manager has been taking to the media today in his pre-match press conference and outlined the situation with regard to injured players.

Seamus Coleman has been playing in the recent internationals and so he is in contention for a return to the Everton team.

Meanwhile, Arnaut Danjuma is still a way off being ready after his long time out with injury. But given that he didn't seem to be much a part of Dyche's plans even when he was fit, that isn't a great loss.

I have written repeatedly that I want to see Dyche being bold and trying to some new tactical changes as well as more trusting of some of his younger more attack-minded players.

Saturday's clash with the Cherries will be an interesting chance to see if indeed Dyche is able and ready to do just that.