By Daniel Lewis

24th Sep, 2023 | 9:10am

Sean Dyche call pays off as James Garner stars in Everton win v Brentford

Everton boss Sean Dyche made just one change for his side’s trip to Brentford – James Garner coming in for Arnaut Danjuma – and it is a selection decision that certainly paid off.

In fact, it would not be too hyperbolic to suggest that it is one of the best calls Dyche has made in his time in charge at Goodison Park.

Garner may prefer playing in the middle, but he was brought back into the XI on the right-hand side of midfield against Brentford on Saturday [23 September] and was easily the Toffees’ best performer in their 3-1 win.

The 22-year-old completed 92% of his passes, which was bettered only by team-mate Idrissa Gueye (93%) among those to start the match [WhoScored].

Four of those were defined as “key passes” – including the assist for Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s strike to wrap up the three points – which was (surprisingly) matched by only James Tarkowski.

He also helped out defensively, with his three tackles bettered only by Amadou Onana (six) in what was an impressive all-round display from the Manchester United academy product.

Dyche may have sacrificed some attacking flair by leaving the likes of Danjuma and Calvert-Lewin out of his starting line-up, but the balance Garner brought to the side was arguably the biggest factor in a huge win for the visitors.

With a massive home clash with Luton Town to come at Goodison Park next weekend, after a midweek EFL Cup tie with Aston Villa, Garner now simply has to be one of the first names on Dyche’s team sheet.

In other Everton news, Sky Sports commentator Alan Smith was wowed by something he saw from Abdoulaye Doucoure against Brentford.