DAVID MOYES believes Jermaine Beckford can kick-start Everton’s campaign.
As Town fans wonder whether the former Leeds man will figure in tomorrow’s Carling Cup second-round clash at Goodison, manager Moyes has backed his new boy to turn around the Toffees’ sluggish start to the Premier League season after watching them throw away a golden chance of three points against Wolves.
Moyes’ men, beaten by Blackburn in their first game, largely dominated, but a blunt attacking edge stopped them building on Tim Cahill’s opener before Sylvan Ebanks-Blake struck an equaliser out of nowhere 15 minutes from time.
The Goodison chief was full of praise for the efforts of Cahill but he also believes free-transfer signing Beckford, who bagged 31 goals as Leeds won promotion from League I last season, will quickly adapt to Premier League life after showing flashes of class on his home debut.
Moyes, who withdrew Beckford to a standing ovation in the 71st minute, said: “I thought Jermaine gave us something else.
“You can see he looks to be a threat and I’m sure he is going to get us goals.
“You’ve got to take your chances when you get them.
“We had some great chances to make it 2-0 in the second half.
“Tim Cahill played well but I don’t know if we gave their keeper enough to do.”
Beckford, who bagged 85 goals in all for Leeds, was one of four close-season captures by Moyes.
Slovakian international goalkeeper Jan Mucha, French striker Magaye Gueye and Portuguese frontman Joao Silva have also arrived, and will be hoping for club debuts against Town.
Meanwhile midfielder Leon Osman says Everton must relax a little.
“Everyone is desperate for that first win. The fans, ourselves, everyone. We’re all so desperate for that, but we need to relax and let it come. We’re a good team and it will come,” said the 29-year-old.
“You’d have to say this will be one of the most competitive seasons ever. Teams like Blackburn and Wolves, and most teams in the league, are going to scrap their way towards points.
“We’ve always said there are no easy games but this season it’s truer than ever. It’ll be tough. Teams will fight and are capable of getting points.”
West Ham have reportedly cooled their interest in signing Everton’s Nigerian striker Yakubu.
The Hammers have been tracking him all summer, but the two clubs’ valuations differ greatly.