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Phil Jagielka backing Nikica Jelavic to rediscover Everton FC scoring touch
Published : 05 Dec 2012 08:00:00
Phil Jagielka has warned that when Nikica Jelavic rediscovers his goal scoring touch then Everton FC will be a force to be reckoned with.
Jelavic has found the net just once in the last eight league games with Marouane Fellaini leading the way for the Blues this season with eight goals. But Jagielka is unconcerned by the Croatian striker’s difficult run and believes it is only a matter of time before the 27-year-old is back in the type of form which saw him plunder 11 goals after joining the club from Rangers in January. Such dips are normal says Jagielka, who uses the example of how a pair of Newcastle United strikers have continued to share the scoring burden at St James’ Park over the last year. And the Blues stand-in captain believes that when Jelavic is back amongst the goals then it will give Everton’s bid to qualify for the Champions League a major shot in the arm.
“Everything was working for him when he came and now the person who is playing up front with him – Felli – everything is coming off for him,” said Jagielka.
“Look up at Newcastle, Demba Ba was on fire then Papiss Cisse came and Ba didn’t score. This season it is the opposite way round, that is the way cycles go.
“We’d love to have both Felli and Jela firing on all cylinders but it’s not like Jela is getting into four or five good positions and missing easy chances every game.
“It is just not breaking for him.