Jelavic receives praise at Everton

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic has praised the impact of Nikica Jelavic at Everton, after the striker started his time at Goodison Park positively.

The Merseysiders bought the eastern European marksman from cash-strapped Rangers in the January transfer window, and Bilic feels that his former club have signed a player with potential to be one of the best attackers in the Premier League.

“I’ve known Nikica since he was a child and I watched Everton a lot, even before he came, and always imagined he’d suit them perfectly. I’ve always been quite sure about Nikica,” Bilic told The Guardian.

“They needed a guy who is not only a finisher but is also great in other areas and they have found a natural goalscorer who is great in the buildup.

“He can hold the ball up, he’s just perfect for Everton’s style. You need a bit of luck at the start, which he got and now his confidence is sky high. He never panics, he’s such a cool finisher. It doesn’t surprise me how well he’s doing.

“When I read about £20m transfers, getting him for £5m looks like a bargain. It’s great for Everton,” he stated.

By Gareth McKnight