Sean Dyche has told his Everton players they are all responsible for finding a way to fix their goalscoring problems as they face another game without Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The England striker is set to miss Wednesday’s trip to Arsenal as he continues his recovery from a hamstring problem.
The 25-year-old’s long-standing injury woes – he has made only 12 appearances and scored one goal this term – are a big part of the problem for an Everton side whose 17 goals from 24 league games is the lowest tally in the Premier League.
Fixing that will be crucial to the Toffees’ chances of getting out of and staying out of the bottom three, and although the focus has fallen on the likes of summer signing Neal Maupay, who has one goal in 19 games, Dyche said they cannot rely on individuals.
“That’s been the theme of the season,” he said. “There’s lots of work to be done. The team mentality has to be ‘we’re all allowed to score’. It’s not about one player. I ask that of them defensively – clean sheets start from the front.
“It’s only fair to ask it the other way around. Players have to take responsibility as a group as we all do in making enough chances and taking enough chances.” Tomorrow’s game will be a real betting spectacle.