Premier League Boot Room: The stats, the facts, the tips and the teams
21:45 GMT, 30 March 2012
Cool Jelavic is the answer to Moyes' prayer
Everton have found 'the one' in Nikica Jelavic – he’s just what they need.
They’ve had 16 different scorers this season but Leighton Baines is No 1 with four league goals and a club in the top 10 should not have a left back as their top scorer.
I think it’s good they have been able to share goals around and spread it about across the squad. If they hadn’t, they’d be looking over their shoulders at the bottom three.
Rescue mission: Nikica Jelovic has transformed Everton
But now they’ve found the answer. Jelavic is the one, with three in six since joining but with his goals for Rangers earlier in the season he’s on 20 in 36 games.
Croatia manager Slaven Bilic said the ball is kind to him in the box. It means the ball drops for him. He seems to be in the right place at the right time.
One thing that struck me more than anything else is his finishing. He is a cool, classy finisher. Someone who knows what to do in front of goal. Where others snatch and grab at chances he keeps his composure.
He’s got a coolness running through him that’s perfect for Everton. He’s got a swagger about him, like Dimitar Berbatov. He gives a completely different look to the side.
Recently they’ve had Jermaine Beckford but manager David Moyes didn’t see him as the right fit. Louis Saha is very good when he’s fit and about his business but unfortunately it’s pot luck when that’s going to happen.
Everton have attacking midfielders in Steven Pienaar, Seamus Coleman and Royston Drenthe who can create chances. If they provide, Jelavic will score.
They’ve had a good campaign: in the top eight and the FA Cup semi-finals. It will be interesting to see what they can do next season with him in their side.
Judgement day for Wolves
If Wolves lose to Bolton on Saturday, that’s it for them, as I’m not sure they’re capable of the type of run they would need to stay up.
In the past Wolves have taken big scalps at Molineux but this season they haven’t looked good enough in big games.
A victory for them would keep everybody in the fight; it would keep Wolves in touch with Bolton and QPR and Blackburn, who face Arsenal and Manchester United respectively, are unlikely to get wins.
I think Wolves got it hopelessly wrong after sacking Mick McCarthy. They needed a new type of leader: someone to shake things up and get the players going. A new approach. They didn’t get that with Terry Connor and it’s cost them.