Leon Osman has heralded the impact Nikica Jelavic has made to the club´s late-season form, insisting opposition defences have become scared of him.

The Croatian striker scored twice in the 4-0 victory over Fulham at Goodison Park on Saturday to take his tally to 10 since arriving in January.

Osman: “Jelavic has brought obvious qualities to the team and he is scoring goals, so we are delighted,”

“We were all aware of what he could do when he was playing in Scotland.

“You could see he was an obvious goalscorer and when we heard we had signed him we were delighted.

“It is good to have someone up there we know we can rely on and if there are chances made he will put the ball in.

“I think the opposition are a bit scared of him because they know he can score goals and they are on the watch for him. When that happens sometimes it releases space for other players in the team.”

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