Sean Dyche has claimed that James Garner was ‘unlucky’ prior to his arrival at Everton.

Speaking to evertontv, the Toffees boss praised Garner for adapting very well to his new position after previously struggling with injury problems under Frank Lampard.

The midfielder moved to Goodison Park from Manchester United last summer in what was a very exciting transfer for the club, however he was sidelined with a back injury in November and didn’t make his comeback until April.

Dyche handed Garner a fresh start when he returned to full fitness, making ten appearances and starring at full-back as he helped Everton avoid relegation.

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The 22-year-old’s joy didn’t end there as he was crowned 2023 Euro U-21 champion alongside the England squad last week, leaving Dyche eager to praise the youngster.

“Jimmy [Garner] was unlucky with injuries before i got here and then adapted very well,” Dyche told evertontv.

“He was incredible at the end of the season mentally, just to adapt to wherever we put him.”

Garner is currently enjoying a break following his European victory, meaning he is absent for the Toffees’ pre-season training camp in the Alps.

Where will James Garner play for Everton this season?

James Garner shone in midfield for Nottingham Forest as they were promoted to the Premier League during the 2021-22 season.

The Manchester United academy graduate was signed by Everton following his success under Steve Cooper, however Garner has since found himself becoming a right-back and even featured there for England.

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However, fans are more likely to see Garner pushed further forward into his natural position in midfield next season as Seamus Coleman returns.

The 22-year-old was brilliant in defence in the latter stages of the previous campaign, but he will no doubt excel further in midfield and he can still act as back-up to the Everton captain.

Having struggled with injuries after his move to Merseyside, things are looking up for Garner and the upcoming season could be an exciting one for him.