Everton manager David Moyes has played down concerns over striker Nikica Jelavic’s goal drought at Goodison Park.

The Croatian hitman has gone nine games without a goal for the Toffees and has scored just once in the past three months.

Jelavic joined Everton just over a year ago and has already notched 18 times for the club but the current drought has hindered Moyes’ side in recent weeks.

Belgian ace Kevin Mirallas was bought in the summer to support Jelavic in attack but he himself has only scored four times this season leaving midfielder Marouane Fellaini to lead the Merseyside club’s goal tally.

Everton have slipped out of the running for a top four spot in recent weeks but are still going strong in the FA Cup where they have a winnable quarter final tie against Wigan.

Moyes is frustrated with his sides’ lack of goals lately but he admitted that every good striker goes through a baron spell and that Jelavic will come through it soon.

“All forwards go through periods like this in their careers and all the good ones will tell you that it happens,” Moyes told the Daily Mirror.

“It looks like he’s getting closer and he’s missed one or two recently.

“Because of that, it gives me hope and I believe he will score and get more goals. Everybody is supporting him and we know how important he is.”

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