Round backing for Beckford

Toffees coach confident strike ace will come good

Beckford: Needs a goal

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Everton assistant manager Steve Round is confident Jermaine Beckford will soon find his scoring touch.

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The Toffees snapped up the talented striker on a free transfer this summer after he allowed his contract at Leeds to run down.

He arrived in the Premier League with a reputation as a fearsome frontman from his time spent outside of the top flight.

Beckford has, however, found the going slightly more difficult among English football's elite and has netted just once for his new employers, in a Carling Cup win over Huddersfield.

Round admits the 26-year-old needs another quickly to help kick-start his season, but insists everyone at Goodison Park has complete faith in his ability to get goals.

He said: "Forwards always need goals to get the confidence going.

"We know he can score goals, we know his technique for finishing is excellent.

"Hopefully he can get one and then another and then away we go.

"It is very early for Jermaine. He has come in on a free transfer from the lower divisions and it takes a while to adapt to the intensity, not only of the games but of the day-to-day training."

Rumours

Round has also offered his backing to Yakubu Aiyegbeni, another who has been short on goals and game time this season.

The Nigerian was forced to contend with intense speculation regarding his future over the summer but, with the transfer window now shut, Everton are hoping the African ace can return to his prolific best.

"He came back from the World Cup a bit late and he was a bit unfit," Round said.

"There were rumours in the summer he might leave but that has all gone now, the window is shut.

"He has knuckled down, worked hard and trained really well. He is a big part of the squad and I think we will see him feature more in the coming weeks."