Moyes wants to keep Jelavic

Everton manager David Moyes has insisted that striker Nikica Jelavic still figures in his plans for next season.

Last Updated: 27/04/13 at 10:19 Post Comment

Nikica Jelavic: Out of form but still has a future at Everton, says David Moyes

Nikica Jelavic: Out of form but still has a future at Everton, says David Moyes

Jelavic settled quickly at Goodison Park following his switch from Rangers in January 2012, but he has struggled for form this term and has netted just one goal in his past 18 Premier League games.

Reports suggest there are a number of clubs interested in signing the Croatian and he could be sold in the summer, but Moyes says he will not be going anywhere.

"His effort has never been in question and we'd want him here next year," said the Everton boss.

"It's been a difficult season - maybe a bit of second-season syndrome.

"He's found it a little harder to get the goals and the opportunities.

"We kept trying to play him to give him the chance to score but in the end we had to take him out. As it is, Victor Anichebe has come to light in the last month or so which has given us a wee bit of something else."

Moyes accepts that Jelavic's morale has suffered as a result of his poor form but believes he has the strength of character to bounce back.

He said: "His confidence has taken a bit of a knock. If you've not scored and not played as well that's natural.

"He's a good lad and he's the first one to accept he's not doing well enough.

"When you work with boys like that it makes it a lot easier because they know they have got to get better."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Indian Super League: Alessandro Del Piero to play for Delhi Dynamos franchise

Alessandro Del Piero will play for the Delhi Dynamos and will take up an ambassadorial role in the Indian Super League

Transfer news: West Brom closing on deal for winger Sebastian Blanco

West Brom are close to agreeing a deal to sign winger Sebastián Blanco, according to Sky sources.

Women's football: Wolfsburg captain Nadine Kessler named Best Women’s Player in Europe

Wolfsburg captain Nadine Kessler has been named Best Women’s Player in Europe at an awards ceremony in Monaco

Mail Box

Don't Forget Chelsea Also Need A Striker

With Diego Costa struggling for fitness, one Chelsea fan pipes up in the mailbox to remind us that the Blues also need a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney as captain...

A United Fan Happy To See Welbeck Go

One United fan doesn't understand all the fuss over Danny Welbeck, while we also have mails on Arsenal being Arsenal, curious transfers and how to pronounce 'Gaal'...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property