Sean Dyche faces potential blow ahead of new season as player’s injury raises concerns

Everton manager Sean Dyche could be dealt a significant setback just days before the new Premier League season begins at Goodison Park, as winger Dwight McNeil suffers from an injury concern. Journalist Paul Brown revealed the latest updates to GIVEMESPORT, indicating that McNeil is currently undergoing assessments with the club’s medical team after sustaining an injury during a pre-season match against Stoke City.

The Toffees narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship on the final day of the previous campaign and are now gearing up for their opening fixture against Fulham on August 12.

According to El Bobble, there are growing concerns that McNeil’s injury might be more severe than initially anticipated, leading to ongoing treatment and evaluations at Finch Farm. The 21-year-old winger was seen hobbling down the tunnel after being forced off during the match against Stoke, following a challenge near the penalty area.

McNeil, who joined Everton from Burnley for £20 million last year, found his top form under Dyche’s management, impressing with five goals and two assists in 18 appearances during the 2022/23 season. Transfer insider Dean Jones previously mentioned to GIVEMESPORT that Everton supporters were delighted with McNeil’s performances in the closing stages of the campaign.

Paul Brown emphasized McNeil’s value to the team and the potential impact of his absence at the start of the 2023/24 season. The journalist noted how Dyche revitalized the young winger’s career after a period of uncertainty, where his role within the team was unclear.

Brown explained, “Dyche clearly rejuvenated his career at Everton, which was at a bit of a standstill. There was a time when you couldn’t really tell what his role in the team was… Nobody really knew what the future held and then, suddenly, he found his legs.”

Losing McNeil to injury at the beginning of the season would be a disappointment for Dyche, as the player emerged as one of his most reliable wingers in the latter part of the previous campaign.

As Everton prepares for the challenging season ahead, the status of McNeil’s injury remains a crucial concern for the club and its fans. Dyche will hope for a swift recovery for the talented winger to continue making an impact on the pitch and contribute to the Toffees’ success.