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Dyche demands ‘maximum effort’ as the minimum requirement from Everton

Sean Dyche is demanding maximum effort as a minimum requirement from Everton when they host already relegated Sheffield United this weekend.

Despite another nerve-wracking season at Goodison Park, which saw them deducted six points after a breach of profitability and sustainability rules, the Toffees have secured their top-flight status for at least a year.

Everton have enjoyed a strong end to the campaign, with last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Luton Town extending their unbeaten run to four games, and Dyche does not expect his players to rest on their laurels.

“I want us to perform and at least give everything, like we did at Luton,” he said.

‘You can’t always guarantee that you’ll be brilliant. But you can guarantee that you will give it your all, and that was evident again last weekend.

“The minimum requirement is maximum effort. “It hasn’t changed, we want to take that into Goodison and hope we play a little better with the ball and hopefully score some more goals.”

Dyche also praised the impact of the younger members of his squad, with eight players aged 25 or under making 10 or more appearances during a Test season.

“There are many challenges for these players,” he added. “But they’re starting to come together as a group, and we’ve seen that. It has obviously rewarded us and the fans.”

However, their opponents’ focus is already on next season, with their immediate return to the Championship confirmed.

In an English top-flight campaign of 38 games or fewer, only Darwen (112 in 1891–92) and Leicester City (102 in 1908–09) conceded more goals than the Blades (100).

Chris Wilder knows there is still a lot of work to do in United’s quest to return straight to the Premier League, but believes the closing season will give him the chance to get them into the best possible shape.

“I have time to put my own stamp on it,” he said. “I will have the time to sign players who I know will be good and who have the mentality strong enough to do it.

“Defensively and from set plays and everything else there is an incredible amount of work to do. We can’t do that right now because it’s difficult, but we will do it, and we will do it well in terms of those aspects of the game.”

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Everton – Jordan Pickford

The Everton goalkeeper has kept 12 clean sheets in the Premier League this season – including one in each of the Toffees’ last four home games – and only Arsenal’s David Raya has recorded more (15).

It is Pickford’s second-highest number of shutouts in a single season, behind 2018-19 (14).

Sheffield United – Ben Brereton

Despite only joining the club in January, the Chile international has scored the most Premier League goals for the Blades this season (six).

Brereton’s score of a goal every 158 is the second best by a United player in a single campaign (minimum 500 minutes) after Nathan Blake in 1993–94 (a goal every 145 minutes).

MATCH PREDICTION: EVERTON

Everton have responded to last month’s 6-0 defeat to Chelsea by starting a four-match unbeaten run (winning three and drawing one).

By contrast, United have lost each of their last five games and are only the second side in Premier League history to concede 100 or more goals in a single season, after Swindon Town in 1993/94.

While the Toffees have lost their last home game in just one of the last eight seasons (won six, drawn one), the Blades have lost their last away game in each of their last four Premier League campaigns.

OPTA CHANCE OF WINNING

Everton: 54.1%
Sheffield United: 19.3%
Draw: 26.6%