Sean Dyche has praised Lewis Dobbin after Everton’s defeat to Aston Villa.

Speaking to the club, the Toffees boss addressed Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury and admitted that he was impressed with his attackers following the striker’s withdrawal.

Calvert-Lewin returned to the starting line-up this weekend after a spell on the sidelines, but was forced off in the first half after a collision with Emiliano Martinez.

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While Arnaut Danjuma replaced the England international, Dobbin made it two cameo appearances in two games as he was brought on for James Garner late on.

The 20-year-old was a dominant figure during Everton’s pre-season schedule and has since been awarded with a place in the first team, with his performance at Villa Park standing out to Dyche.

” It was a tough one today but there were a couple of positives,” Dyche said.

“I thought Lewis Dobbin did fantastically well after coming after a good pre-season and I thought Arnaut Danjuma did well, coming into a game which is difficult, but you can see him getting fitter and sharper.”

Lewis Dobbin and Arnaut Danjuma the ‘few positives’ against Aston Villa

Danjuma made his second substitution appearance of the campaign after picking up an injury during pre-season. The Dutchman also caught the eye during the 4-0 defeat and could be handed his first start if Calvert-Lewin is sidelined next week.

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Danjuma and Dobbin are two of only a few attackers that are still available to the Toffees, with Calvert-Lewin joining Jack Harrison, Dwight McNeil and Youssef Chermiti out of the squad.

Tyler Onyango also made his first appearance of the season with seconds remaining, despite Andre Gomes being named on the bench.

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