Competition at Everton will help Jelavic – Osman

Leon Osman has said that the added competition in attacking areas at Everton will help Nikica Jelavic rediscover his best form, Sky Sports has reported, with the midfielder also praising Jelavic’s commitment.

After joining from Rangers in January 2012, Jelavic enjoyed a prolific spell for the club, scoring nine goals in 13 Premier League appearances. However, by comparison, last season the Croat struggled in front of goal, only managing seven in the league, leading to fewer starts towards the end of the campaign as then-manager David Moyes favoured the in-form Victor Anichebe.

New boss Roberto Martinez has already brought Wigan’s Arouna Kone to the club this summer, along with Gerard Deulofeu on a season-long loan from Barcelona, thus increasing his attacking options for next season.

Osman, however, believes that Jelavic will thrive in the competition for a striking berth, telling the Liverpool Echo: “I think, for the most part, strikers relish competition. It makes them work harder; it makes them strive to improve themselves every single day

And on the 27-year-old’s contribution to the team, Osman added: “He showed what he was capable of in that first three or four months when he came over, and we haven’t got anything to complain about what he did last year because he always worked as hard as he could for the team. When you ask someone to go over that white line and they give you everything you can’t really complain.

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