DAVID MOYES insists Everton must help Nikica Jelavic to rediscover his cutting edge – by providing the Croatian striker with better service.
The 27-year-old has struggled to hit top form in recent weeks, and seems some way off the instinctive predator who marked his arrival last season with 11 goals in 16 games.
Moyes would like to add more depth to his striking options in January, but retains faith in the former Rangers hit-man and believes the goals will return for him – but improving defensively is just as vital.
“We’ve maybe not given him (Jelavic) as quite as good service as we did earlier in the season,” he said. “I don’t think we’re playing any differently, we’re just not socring the goals from the good play.
“We’re probably as attacking and open as we were. In the end we haven’t defended well enough just to get us a 1-0 win or a 2-1 win. It’s left us a bit nervy and a bit anxious when we’ve not done it.”
Jelavic will lead the line again tonight against Arsenal, with Darron Gibson also likely to be involved after training for the previous few days – even if he is lacking match practise.
Belgian forward Kevin Mirallas, who is recovering from a hamstring strain suffered against Sunderland, has not trained however, and remains a doubt for the Gunners clash. “Gibson has been training but he has been out three months,” said Moyes. “Kevin hasn’t trained.”