Everton manager Sean Dyche has expressed his admiration for the fitness levels of Alex Iwobi and Idrissa Gana Gueye during the club’s pre-season preparations, writes the TBR. The Toffees recently shared a video on their YouTube channel showcasing their pre-season trip to the Alps, where Dyche invited several young players to join the senior squad. In a friendly match against Stade Nyonnais, Everton secured a 2-1 victory but displayed some wastefulness in front of goal, which may be a cause for concern for Dyche.
The primary purpose of the trip was to enhance the squad’s fitness levels ahead of the upcoming season, aligning with Dyche’s training philosophy. Dyche specifically highlighted the impressive running abilities of Alex Iwobi and Idrissa Gueye during a particular drill. As these players could play a vital role in the team’s midfield, it is crucial for them to be in peak physical condition.
Iwobi, in particular, is expected to be a key contributor both defensively and offensively in the upcoming season. In the video shared by Everton, the players can be seen participating in a fitness test, with Iwobi and Gueye being the last two players running. Dyche can be heard in the background encouraging them, saying, “Yes, one more Gana, one more,” as they continue their shuttle runs. At the conclusion of the drill, Dyche praises Iwobi, stating, “Superb Al [Iwobi], superb.”
While Everton has made its first transfer of the summer by signing experienced defender Ashley Young, Dyche recognizes the need to bolster the team’s attacking options. The injury issues faced by Dominic Calvert-Lewin in recent seasons have put a strain on the team, as his replacements have struggled to fill the void. This places added pressure on Everton’s midfield to contribute goals.
Dyche acknowledges that Gueye and Iwobi may be required to support the forwards in finding the back of the net in the upcoming season. Iwobi possesses the ability to do so, while Gueye’s potential to contribute goals from midfield would be a pleasant surprise. Dyche aims to strike a balance between a solid defensive structure and an improved attacking prowess as Everton prepares for the new campaign.