Everton's Progression Under Dyche

Nearly a year ago amidst the euphoria following the crucial 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Goodison Park on the final day of the 2022/23 season that retained Everton’s Premier League status, Sean Dyche cut a stoic figure in his post-match interviews.

While clearly pleased and relieved to have guided the team to league safety under difficult circumstances, he was blunt in his assessment of what was to come next, admitting, 'There's a lot to be done, a hell of a lot to be done'.

Fast forward 12 months and the Toffees head into this weekend’s season finale against Arsenal at the Emirates with a sizeable 14-point gap to the relegation zone. However, had it not been for the eight-point deduction handed down by the Premier League for two separate breaches of PSR rules, that difference would be a remarkable 22 points.

External factors have undoubtedly had an adverse impact on Dyche and his side this season, putting the Club in a false sense of danger in the league table. Yet the Blues have admirably overcome those complications to produce a much-improved campaign.

Here are some of the standout stats underpinning their development under Dyche and his staff:

- Everton have won 15 more points than they had after 37 games of the previous campaign. 

- They have also improved their goal difference by +14 when compared to the same stage of last season. 

- Their defensive xG (expected goals) per game was the second worst (1.73) behind only relegated Leeds last season, but this season only four sides boast a better average than the Toffees (1.41).

- The Blues’ attacking xG per game has also increased from 1.19 last season to 1.44 this season. 

- Only Arsenal can better Everton’s total of 13 Premier League clean sheets this season. 

- The Blues have won 13 league matches in 2023/24 – one more than 10th-placed Brighton and five more than we managed last term.

 - Everton have kept a clean sheet in 85% of their Premier League wins (11/13), the highest share in the division. 

 - Since the start of April, only the leading two Arsenal and Manchester City have won more league points (17). 

 - Across all competitions, 12 players aged 25 or under have featured for Everton, with eight of those making 10 or more appearances in the campaign.

 - Only Arsenal have scored more set-piece goals than the Toffees (18). 

 - Everton have won more aerial duels than any other Premier League team this season (663).

 - Since Dyche's first match as Everton manager in February 2023 - a 1-0 win over Arsenal - only five teams across Europe's top five leagues have kept more clean sheets at home than our 13 (Barcelona 17, Bologna & Torino 15, Real Madrid & Nice 14).