The Toffees are struggling with goalscoring options this season with their main man Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s injury and new signings Neal Maupay and Dwight McNeil failing to step up to fill the void.


At the weekend, Dyche used Gray, who is a left winger, as a centre-forward against Nottingham Forest and the 26-year-old put in an impressive performance, scoring a goal in their 2-2 draw.



Dyche admired Gray’s performance against the Tricky Trees on Sunday and believes that the 26-year-old has shown signs of what he is capable of in the forward position.


The Everton boss added that he enjoyed Gray’s open-mindedness to play in an unfamiliar role and is of the opinion that the player could have scored another goal in the game.



“I thought he did well”, Dyche said at a press conference.


“We are asking him to change a little bit.



“He worked hard and Neal Maupay has been working hard as well.


“He has worked great in training this week, so there are no disappointments there.


“I think Demarai showed signs of what he can do.


“He nicked a goal and he might have got another one.


“So, yes, I enjoyed his open-mindedness about it.


“He has played there, but it is not always that familiar to him, but I thought he delivered a good performance.”


Everton will take on ninth place Brentford at the weekend and it remains to be seen whether Dyche will use Gray as a centre-forward against the Bees.