Moyes - Jelavic my Suker

Croatian hit-man leaves Toffees chief purring over Carrow Road brace

Nikica Jelavic: Praise from his new manager

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David Moyes says Everton new boy Nikica Jelavic reminds him of Croatia's all-time record goalscorer Davor Suker.

Jelavic has been nothing short of a revelation since he swapped Rangers for Everton in a £5.5million January transfer.

The Croatian has scored five goals for the Toffees, the latest two coming in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Norwich at Carrow Road.

The 26-year-old opened the scoring with the cleverest of deft flicks in the first half and showed predatory instinct by turning home Steven Pienaar's cross to score the Toffees' second after the break.

Everton have longed for a regular goalscorer ever since Louis Saha went off the boil after a succession of injuries, and Moyes is so delighted with his new hitman that he admits he sees shades of France '98 top scorer Suker in the former Rangers striker.

"He does (remind me of Suker)," Moyes said.

"He sees getting goals as part of his job, his role in the team, but he has helped link us up as well.

"He is a presence as a centre forward so he has been good for us.

"He wants to get a goal and he showed that against Norwich."

No coincidence

Since Jelavic arrived at Goodison Park, the Merseysiders have leapfrogged bitter rivals Liverpool to reach seventh in the Premier League - an achievement which Moyes thinks is no coincidence.

"We couldn't score at all in the first half of the season and he makes us look like we are going to do it more often," Moyes added.

"He has adapted really well. At Rangers he probably had more of the ball than he has had here in the Premier League so he has to do a little bit more on the other side of the game, but overall he has done well."

Everton would have registered their third straight league win for the first time in over two years had Jonny Howson and Grant Holt not taken advantage of some slack defending to equalise for the Canaries in an entertaining game at Carrow Road.

Moyes was disappointed to draw after taking the lead twice, but he must quickly eradicate thoughts of the stalemate and instead concentrate on tomorrow's game against Sunderland at Goodison Park.

After that the Toffees face a huge FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool on Saturday and Moyes admits he may have to shuffle his pack given the importance of next weekend's game against their neighbours.

"This is a difficult time of the year," he added.

"I will have a look and try to see what I can do. I have a few ideas up my sleeve."