By Peter Lynch

2nd Jun, 2023 | 2:10pm

Sean Dyche already facing ‘first dilemma’ of new Everton season after Goodison Park ‘problems’

Everton manager Sean Dyche is already facing his “first dilemma” of the new season, according to the Liverpool Echo’s Connor O’Neill.

That dilemma involves the future of young defender Jarrad Branthwaite, who will return to the club following a season-long loan at PSV.

The 20-year-old enjoyed a successful stint in the Netherlands, and could play a part under Dyche at the Toffees next season.

“Whether Dyche would be bold and brave enough to throw the youngster in right away remains to be seen,” O’Neill wrote for the Liverpool Echo. “But history suggests the Everton manager much prefers experience over youth.

“Survival afforded Dyche the opportunity to speak with refreshing honesty about the problems he inherited at Goodison Park, and while the campaign isn’t even a week old, the Everton boss is already facing his first dilemma of the new season.”

Big decision

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It’s a big decision, and it won’t be an easy one for Dyche, who will have a lot on his plate this summer.

Even though the season has just finished, with the final day definitely taking a lot of steam out of the manager, it makes sense for Dyche to start his plans for the next campaign immediately.

Key to those plans will be the future of young defender Branthwaite, who definitely has a brilliant career ahead of him.

Whether or not that is at the Merseyside club, however, remains to be seen. One certainty is that the Toffees are in desperate need of centre-backs for the new season.

Yerry Mina has left Goodison Park following the expiry of his contract, while Conor Coady has returned to parent club Wolves after Everton opted against signing him permanently for £4.5million.

Those exits are certainly positive news for Branthwaite, but it is perhaps too early to tell what his Everton future holds.