By Peter Lynch

26th Sep, 2023 | 5:10pm

Andros Townsend moots Everton tactical change as Sean Dyche ‘working overtime’ verdict shared live on BBC

Sean Dyche will try and incorporate both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Beto into his starting XI, according to former Everton player Andros Townsend.

Summer signing Beto started against Brentford on Saturday (23 September), and was replaced by Calvert-Lewin in the second half.

The latter scored his club’s third and final goal of the game just eight minutes after coming on, with the Toffees winning 3-1.

Discussing Beto and Calvert-Lewin on The Monday Night Club on BBC 5 Live Sport (25 September), host Mark Chapman asked Townsend: “Do you reckon they could play as a two?”

Townsend replied: “100%. I think that’s something that Dyche had at Burnley for many, many years, the classic 4-4-2, with the two big men up front.

“Beto loves to make runs in behind off the shoulder. I know he’s a big man as well, but he likes to make runs in behind. Dominic likes to come short and hold up, so I can see Dyche’s brain working overtime on how he can eventually incorporate them both into the team.”

Old school?

Dyche had plenty of success using two strikers during his time in the Burnley dugout, but he has yet to adopt such an approach at Goodison Park.

But maybe he just hasn’t had the right players to do so, with Beto only arriving in the summer transfer window and Calvert-Lewin struggling with injury again this season.

However, it seems that both strikers are now fit and available for selection, meaning Everton fans may just see a formation change next time out.

It could arrive as early as the League Cup third round meeting with Premier League rivals Aston Villa on Wednesday (27 September).

At the same time, however, Dyche may look to give the duo a rest due to the league potentially being a priority this season.

That said, the manager doesn’t exactly have a huge list of strikers to choose from, and may just hand Calvert-Lewin a start against Unai Emery’s men.

In other Everton news, a BBC pundit has gushed over an “outstanding” Toffees player in their victory against Brentford.