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Dyche's eyes wide open as Everton size up crunch Leeds encounter

Everton manager Sean Dyche says he was fully aware of his new club's predicament before taking up the reins at Goodison Park.

This weekend's visitors Leeds are a point above third-from-bottom Everton, and Saturday's meeting could prove to be a key fixture in the relegation battle.

Dyche was unable to strengthen his squad in January, in part due to the short period of time between his appointment and the transfer window closing, and the Everton manager also says it is unlikely a free agent will now be signed.

Everton's lack of attacking options was exposed during the Merseyside derby defeat to Liverpool on Monday as academy graduate Ellis Simms deputised in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

"I was certainly not deserving of any explanation before my time here," Dyche said when asked if he could provide further clarity to supporters about the club's transfer inactivity last month

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