DAVID MOYES is ready to give Denis Stracqualursi the chance to prove he can be Everton's Christmas cracker.
Prior to Saturday's visit of Norwich the Argentinian striker had seen only 23 minutes of Premier League action since he signed on loan, after top scoring for Tigres last season.
But after a lively half-hour run out during Saturday's draw Moyes said: “I thought Denis made a difference. He gave us a real impetus and gave us something else. Roy (Drenthe) came on as well and added to it.”
And Moyes suggested that Denis had shown enough in training recently to get the chance to show he could be a goal menace during the busy festive period.
“I always thought he might get me a goal or two over Christmas,” added the Blues boss.
“It will depend on how other people play and how he does as well if we're going to see any more from him, but if I can I'd like to give him a chance to see what he can do.
“You tend to find that people who score goals score them everywhere and I've seen him scoring.
“There are bits of his game he needs to work on – his speed, his link up play – but I think if we could get him enough of the ball in the box then he might get a goal; he has quickness of thought in the box, but if he's going to be ready he's more ready now than he was, that's for sure.”
Stracqualursi won a number of aerial challenges and in the last minute looked like he was going to snatch a dramatic winner, only to be closed down and the ball break for fellow sub Conor McAleny, who shot wide.
“I've been thinking about giving Denis a go because I want to make sure we give everybody the chance to score us the goals,” added Moyes.
“Denis has looked better in recent weeks and the chance that fell to him, I've seen him score. He was top scorer in Argentina last season and I thought 'this is it' because I've seen him do it all the time and he does score goals.
“But I thought the best player for us all day was Leon Osman and he deserved his goal.
“I thought Magaye Gueye had done well, also. The boys played quite well but we just didn't have the bits at the top end to get us the goal.”
Everton dominated the post-match statistics, winning 13 corners to nil, having 62 per cent of the possession and having a remarkable 15 shots on target to the visitors' one. Yet that one shot from Grant Holt was enough to earn Paul Lambert's side a point.
Moyes said: “I actually thought it was going to be one of those days, but I also thought we were always good enough to score a goal. I thought we had so much of the ball it was going to be hard for them to keep us out. But the players kept plugging away and got something out of it.