Kevin Kilbane has warned Everton that concentrating too much on stopping Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher at the weekend may back fire.
Steven Fletcher joined Sunderland from Wolves for £15 million in the summer and has made an immediate impact at the Stadium of Light, scoring five of their six Premier League goals this season.
The former Black Cats and Toffees winger believes that Fletcher will be a major threat to the Goodison Park outfit when they meet on Saturday, but warns that concentrating on him may open the door for Sunderland to cause damage from other areas of the pitch.
He told Everton official website: “Fletcher is in form right now and has been a real key player. He has been a really good signing from Martin O’Neill.
“He is an excellent player, definitely. But it is the old adage that if you concentrate too much on one specific player there will be threats elsewhere.
“He has been scoring all the goals for them and they have not had too much of a contribution from elsewhere in the team. I am sure Sunderland will be looking to take the load off him and try to get some goals from elsewhere.”
Kilbane went on to admit he has been impressed with David Moyes’ side’s start to the season and that he believes they can maintain their current form throughout the whole campaign.
“I have been extremely impressed with Everton. Lying fourth in table is an excellent start and they are in a really good position right now,” he added.
“In recent years they have done really well and David Moyes has managed to maintain a set team for the majority of the season. I think they will do well this season.”
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