Everton forward Lewis Dobbin has now shared a seven-word message on Twitter after Saturday’s 1-0 pre-season friendly win at Stoke City.

The 20-year-old academy graduate made a second half appearance for Sean Dyche’s side and has stated that the ‘hard work continues’ with just one pre-season friendly remaining.

Stoke City v Everton - Pre-Season Friendly
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Indeed, taking to his Twitter account following Saturday’s victory, the 20-year-old forward stated: “It will come. The hard work continues.”

Dobbin spent last season on loan at Derby County, making 54 outings in all competitions scoring five goals during his spell at Pride Park.

His second half appearance at Stoke City was a chance for the 20-year-old to impress in his hometown, especially while Everton lack any kind of threat upfront.

Lewis Dobbin could have a future at Everton but he is not the answer to striking woes this upcoming season

Despite the win, Everton’s need for a reliable source of goals became even more apparent on Saturday, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin still unavailable.

The Toffees started the game with loan-star attacker Arnaut Danjuma upfront, though Sean Dyche admits that the Dutch international is not ‘necessarily’ and out-and-out striker.

Stoke City v Everton - Pre-Season Friendly
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Dobbin got his chance to impress Dyche in the second half, and though some of his movement was very good, stretching the Stoke defence to create space, when chances came in front of goal, the young forward fluffed his lines.

Everton’s £15m striker Neal Maupay also came on in the second half and played a smart ball through to Dobbin to open the scoring, but the 20-year-old fired over the bar.

Maupay is another player whose future remains unresolved and while few Everton fans would be sad to see him go, a replacement must be signed before Dyche loses yet another striking option.

Dobbin is certainly a player with a lot of potential, though Premier League football may be out of the young man’s reach for the time being, as perhaps another loan deal could allow the 20-year-old to further develop.

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