By Daniel Lewis

19th Nov, 2023 | 1:10pm

Everton: Paul Brown raves about Vitaliy Mykolenko development under Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche “deserves a lot of praise” for helping Vitaliy Mykolenko take the next step in his Everton career, according to journalist Paul Brown.

The Ukraine international, who joined from Dynamo Kyiv in January 2022, has been one of the Toffees’ best players this season.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT [18 November], Brown feels Dyche is to thank for Mykolenko’s development over the past few months.

“I think there were a lot of question marks around him, but I think Sean Dyche deserves a lot of praise for how he’s been able to get him playing in much better form and in better areas of the pitch,” he said.

“Mykolenko used to be quite heavily involved in build-up play at Everton, but he’s now been more involved at the other end, where he has been scoring goals and appearing in the box.”

Safe hands

Jarrad Branthwaite has arguably been Everton’s best performer of the season so far, but Mykolenko is certainly not far behind.

The 24-year-old has improved defensively, but he has also caught the eye with his ability to pop up in the final third and make a difference.

Mykolenko was on target in the 1-1 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion on 4 November, and followed that up with another goal against Crystal Palace last weekend.

The one criticism is that he has yet to assist any goals this season, so the final ball could do with improving, but he is undoubtedly a much more rounded player this season compared to last.

That has to be down to manager Dyche, who has done well to make Everton a much more structured side of late, going a long way to explaining the upturn in results.

It means that, while the 10-point deduction was a massive blow, the Toffees are in safe hands with Dyche at the helm.

In other Everton news, a player who was at Goodison Park last season has given his verdict on the points deduction.