Moyes turns tinkerman to keep Everton winning

David Moyes admits he is needing to become more creative in order to find ways to keep his Everton side winning games this season.

The Everton boss tinkered with his line-up for Saturday’s game with Chelsea, as he moved Steven Pienaar into a central position behind Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic.

South Africa international Pienaar is usually deployed on the Toffees’ left-wing, where he has formed a formidable understanding with left-back Leighton Baines. But in the absence of the suspended Marouane Fellaini, Moyes felt it necessary to change things up somewhat.

The change looked like paying off against Chelsea after Pienaar, playing in a more advanced role, scored in only the second minute, and Moyes has emphasized the importance of having several players capable of getting on the scoresheet.

“I don’t think his biggest thing is scoring goals but we’ve needed to get some goals from different places and he’s managed to get some in recent games which have been important for us,” Moyes told The Daily Mail.

“I don’t want it to become predictable about Pienaar and Baines down the left and I felt it was right we changed it and I think he can do a job for us there.

“We will look to change it around when we can but we know we have a good thing going with what Baines and Pienaar do so we have to make sure teams don’t clamp onto it too often and we can cause them problems in other ways.”