James Tarkowski delivers honest opinion on Dyche and Everton form

James Tarkowski has emerged as a key figure in Everton’s resurgence under manager Sean Dyche, despite arriving under the previous regime of Frank Lampard, writes the Everton.News.

Signed on a free transfer in 2022, Tarkowski struggled initially as Everton floundered under Lampard’s leadership. However, the arrival of Dyche in February sparked a turnaround, with Tarkowski himself thriving under the new manager’s methods.

“I want to play as many games as I can,” Tarkowski told the Liverpool ECHO. “You hear a lot of people say that your career is short so if that’s the case, let’s try and get as many games as you can while you can do.”

This dedication to fitness has paid dividends. Tarkowski remarkably played every single minute of the Premier League season in 2022/23, the only outfield player in the league to achieve this feat. He credits Dyche’s approach for his renewed fitness and that of the entire squad.

“I try and look after myself as best as I can,” he said. “Touch wood, I’ve maybe been a bit fortunate with injuries… but I just want to keep playing. Every opportunity I get, I just want to go out on the pitch and play.”

Tarkowski highlights the emphasis on fitness under Dyche, suggesting Everton often “out-run” their opponents. “That’s what we need to be like and that’s what we expect of ourselves,” he said. “Every time we’ve gone out on the pitch and performed with those stats, we’ve usually got a result at the end of it.”

Tarkowski’s leadership and defensive solidity have been crucial to Everton’s success. They conceded the fourth-fewest goals in the Premier League and kept the second-most clean sheets.

“It is not an unruly statement to claim that Tarkowski is one of Everton’s greatest pieces of business since the turn of the century,” the article concludes. “To acquire such leadership, stability, strength and quality for no transfer fee… is remarkable.”

With Tarkowski playing a pivotal role at the heart of the defense, Everton fans can look forward to a more competitive side next season.