By Daniel Feliciano

3rd Feb, 2023 | 12:10pm

Yerry Mina axed, Neal Maupay starts in first Sean Dyche team - Everton predicted XI v Arsenal

Sean Dyche takes charge of Everton for the first time in the Saturday lunchtime kickoff when they face league leaders Arsenal at Goodison Park.

Dyche comes in to replace Frank Lampard, who was sacked with the Toffees in 19th place in the league with just three wins all season.

But after failing to add to their squad during the January transfer window and selling Anthony Gordon to Newcastle, Dyche has got some big decisions to make about his team going forward.

One position that isn’t up for debate is the goalkeeper, with Jordan Pickford the long term number one and undisputed best option at the club.

In defence Nathan Patterson is out for the game, meaning captain and experienced option Seamus Coleman should start at right-back.

James Tarkowski will know all about Dyche’s demands in defence from their time together at Burnley, and he will likely start alongside Conor Coady who had emerged as a leader under Lampard’s stewardship. Vitalii Mykolenko remains the only real left-back option, so he will start too.

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Lampard tended to go with a 4-3-3 system, but Dyche prefers a more traditional 4-4-2 and that could suit the squad slightly more with the way he is likely to line up.

Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye are capable of covering plenty of ground centrally in a duo, while Alex Iwobi can cover defensively but is also more attack-minded and could find himself moved out to the right-wing.

Demarai Gray has been the best performing attacking player so far this season and should keep his place on the left, although it’s likely to be in a deeper starting position than he was afforded under Lampard.

Up front Dominic Calvert-Lewin must start finding the back of the net regularly again if Everton are to have any chance of avoiding the drop, and Dyche will look to use his physical attributes to get the best out of him.

Someone that could benefit from that is Neal Maupay who managed just one goal under Lampard after his move from Brighton in the summer.

As a strike partnership there is great potential there as they possess all the attributes to be a nuisance and help each other thrive, and Dyche could look to explore that immediately after taking charge while in front of a home crowd.

Predicted Everton XI: Pickford; Coleman, Tarkowski, Coady, Mykolenko; Iwobi, Onana, Gueye, Gray; Calvert-Lewin, Maupay.