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Leon Osman: Everton FC are not too reliant on Marouane Fellaini

07 Dec 2012 08:00:00

Leon Osman: Everton FC are not too reliant on Marouane Fellaini

Leon Osman insists Everton FC are not overly reliant on Marouane Fellaini – but says the Belgian should not carry the goal-scoring burden alone.

The former Standard Liege midfielder has scored five of his side’s last six goals and taken his personal tally for the campaign to eight, but David Moyes’s men have also had 10 different goalscorers so far this term.

Despite struggling for top form, Nikica Jelavic has found the back of the net five times, and with Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith and Osman himself all chipping in, the midfielder does not believe Fellaini’s presence is Everton’s only attacking threat.

He said: “He’s a massive player for us at the minute – that’s evident in the way he’s playing and the way we play. “But we’re not a one-man team; we’ve got a number of good players this year.

I think it’s shown in our football this year how we’re developing as a team and that we’re becoming a better footballing team. “It’s always important to try and spread the goals, but at the same time you’re going to get a period in the season where it’s tough and you need your players playing up the pitch to score the goals.

Felli’s certainly been doing that for us lately.” With Tottenham Hotspur next to visit Goodison on Sunday, Osman is excited by the prospect of a third high-profile encounter in 10 days following 1-1 draws with Arsenal and Premier League champions Manchester City.

The recently-capped England international added: “It’s another tough test, of course.

Tottenham are one of the better teams in the league.

They were unlucky not to get a Champions League place last year after finishing fourth, so it’s important that we’re on our game this weekend for a difficult match."


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