Chris Sutton Thinks Sean Dyche Has Ran Out of Patience With 26-Year-Old Everton Player

Everton faced bitter disappointment as West Ham United secured a snatch-and-grab victory, delaying Everton’s quest for their first three points in 2024.

Once again, the Toffees, under the management of Sean Dyche, found themselves regretting missed opportunities that could have secured a decisive lead. Ahead of the clash, Dyche made the notable decision to bench Dominic Calvert-Lewin and grant Beto a starting opportunity.

Despite a first-half penalty miss from the Portuguese striker, Beto managed to give Everton the lead with a well-timed header in the 56th minute.

Chris Sutton, sharing his insights on BBC Sport’s Monday Night Club, suggested that Dyche’s decision to exclude Calvert-Lewin indicates a loss of patience with the 26-year-old striker. Sutton commented on the situation, stating, “It was interesting at the weekend he was left out; Beto started and missed a penalty.”

Sutton continued, emphasizing the significance of Calvert-Lewin’s absence: “I actually thought at the start of the season Everton’s hopes of staying in the Premier League were all on Calvert-Lewin and finding rhythm and a run of games. He has proven in the past that not only is he a decent goalscorer, but he can lead the line well.”

The former Celtic striker expressed concern over Calvert-Lewin’s current form, suggesting that Dyche’s patience may have worn thin regarding his goalscoring performance. “He started the season well, but he has just fallen away, he has hesitated, he’ll maybe say that he is not getting the service,” Sutton added. “He’s just lost his way the longer the season has gone on, and it looks at this moment in time like Sean Dyche has run out of patience with him; he has sort of played his way out of the team.”