Moyes urges Pienaar support

Everton chief hails schemer's impact

Pienaar: Moyes praise

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Everton boss David Moyes has urged his players to help ease the creative burden placed on Steven Pienaar's shoulders of late.

Pienaar has started Everton's last five Premier League games after missing the start of the season with a broken toe.

His performances have earned praise but Moyes has challenged his charges to take more responsibility and not leave attacking duties to a select few.

Russian champions Rubin Kazan are ready to resurrect their interest in Pienaar in the January transfer window, but Moyes insists he is more than happy with the South African.

Key player

"Steven was an important player for us last year and he is proving that again for us this year but we have got to be careful not to put too much emphasis on him," Moyes told the Liverpool Daily Echo.

"There is no question that he is an exciting player. We brought him here to be a part of the squad but suddenly he became a real focal point of our team.

"We know he can make goals and we know he is a great player to have in the team. Steven always does a good job for us. But I would definitely like to see others start chipping in now.

"We are delighted he is back in team with us once again."