Ones To Watch: Everton

by Steve Feekins

Take a closer look at Toffees’ stars.

Ahead of every game, we profile three prominent performers for the opposition – this week it’s David Moyes’ Everton.

Phil Jagielka
Club vice-captain and England international defender Jagielka signed for Everton in 2007 from boyhood club Sheffield United. He quickly became an integral part of the Everton backline, being named Everton’s Player of the Season in 2008-09. However, a serious injury forced him to miss the 2009 FA Cup Final and a large part of the 2009-10 campaign.

Jagielka made a successful return from injury and is now a regular in the full England squad. He was called up for UEFA Euro 2012 and scored his first international goal against Italy in August.

Marouane Fellaini
The towering Belgian international with the instantly recognisable haircut has been a big hit on Merseyside since joining from Standard Liege in 2008.

He signed for a club record fee, which at the time was also a record amount for a Belgian player. He quickly endeared himself to the Everton fans with some all-action performances, winning the club’s Young Player of the Season award in his opening campaign.

Fellaini, naturally a midfielder, has often been asked to lead the line for the Toffees and has contributed 25 goals in all competitions since arriving at Goodison Park. He has 37 full international caps, scoring five goals for his country.

Nikica Jelavic
The Croatian forward has been in lethal goalscoring form over the last few years, beginning with the 2009-10 season at Austrian side Rapid Vienna, where he grabbed 18 league goals in 33 appearances.

This return saw him make the move to Scotland with Glasgow Rangers, where he hit 30 league goals in 45 matches over his months at Ibrox, winning the SPL and Scottish League Cup in the process.

This attracted the attention of David Moyes, who snapped up the striker in the last winter transfer window. Jelavic brought his form in Scotland to the Barclays Premier League and was an instant hit on Merseyside, with a superb return of nine goals in his first 13 games in the English top flight. Jelavic is feared for his one-touch finishing technique, and has created a formidable partnership with Fellaini.