Darron Gibson believes Nikica Jelavic will soon start scoring for Everton again

Nikica Jelavic celebrates a goal with Everton team-mates Darron Gibson and Steven Pienaar

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Darron Gibson has likened Everton striker Nikica Jelavic to two of his former Manchester United team-mates.

Gibson says the Croatia international's predatory instincts are similar to those of Michael Owen and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Jelavic has yet to rediscover the form that saw him bag 11 goals in 16 games last season but Gibson is confident he will add to his tally of six in 17 this term.

"He's a bit like Michael Owen or Van Nistelrooy in the box," said the Republic of Ireland international.

"He's first class and I don't think there's many better than him in the Premier League at the moment.

"The vein of form he had when he first came was special and from a football point of view I think we knew he couldn't keep it up constantly.

"Every striker goes through a lean spell but it hasn't taken him too long to score again.

"He's definitely up there with the best goal scorers I've played with to be honest. His finishing is unbelievable.

"He makes some great runs and he makes the passes easier for me," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"He makes my decision for me by his movement. He's a great player and luckily he's scoring again which is important for us."

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