Moyes considering resting Jelavic for Everton FA Cup contest
David Moyes could look to give Nikica Jelavic a break when Everton travel to Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup on Saturday as the Daily Mirror reports that the Toffees manager believes fatigue could be a reason behind the Croatian’s dry spell in front of goal.
Having been prolific upon joining Everton from Rangers in late January 2012, Jelavic has struggled to repeat that form in the new season. He has scored only three goals in his last 17 games, the Mirror adds, whereas his first few months on Merseyside brought 11 goals in 16 appearances.
But with Jelavic spending the summer on international duty at Euro 2012, the 27-year-old has not had much of a break in which to rest his legs and help keep his poacher’s instincts sharp, with Moyes suggesting he could turn to either Victor Anichebe or Kevin Mirallas, or a combination of both.
The manager is though keen to give Jelavic every chance to turn around his form, confirming Jelavic is still Everton’s first-choice striker despite his lack of goals and even if he sits out the cup tie.
Moyes said: “I've got some more options now that I could use, and he could benefit from time out, but I also think that maybe a couple of goals might change his world and change how it's seen.
“ What we've got available makes a difference - it means I can try something else, but he's our main striker and I want to give him every opportunity to be the main striker. You're caught between whatever you do could be wrong but I'll look to do the right thing for him.”
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