Jelavic who seems to have been on goal strike for the past few months… well all season if we are going to be picky… got his chance against QPR and gave us a glimpse of what he was achieving when he first came.
He was a sensation when he first came scoring 12 goals in the second half of the season after his 5.5 million January transfer from Rangers, he carried on scoring, six in the first half the new season, we thought we had something special, we thought we had a goal scorer. He proceeded to score 1 more goal, who’d have thought it, the shaggy haired bloke had lost it.
Everton fans are known for their vociferous support and when things are going well the player knows, the support Jelavic received was second to none, Evertonians were as frustrated as he was, the majority willing him on each time he entered the field of play, like hoping your kid will score that goal even though you know it’s going miles wide, like watching Jason puncheon step up for a penalty, like watching that 3 legged dog trying to keep up with the others, we willed it ,he did not supply. The remainder of the season was a mixture of groans and shouts of exasperation each time the “striker” missed. We hoped beyond hope that the rest during preseason would get the misfiring forward back on track.
The new season started and we were treated to a glut of goals, unfortunately not from the “out of form” Jelavic, it was our new loanee Romelu Lukaku stealing all the headlines, the Croatian had been relegated to the bench and had a bit part, similar to that fella you always see at the bar in any given soap you watch, always there but you are starting to wonder “Why”…
The parts he was given (Impact sub …rolls eyes in that same way your Mrs does when you say you’ve only had two pints) mainly consisted of him being offside and trying audacious overhead kicks that I haven’t seen since I was in school and we all thought we were Pele in Escape to Victory, until of course we needed to sell him, Martinez started him(Jelavic) against QPR in the FA Cup( to put him in the shop window) He scored two to rapturous applause and cheers, and when we were awarded a penalty the whole of Goodison was buzzing with excitement, chanting his name telling all and sundry we wanted Jelavic to take the penalty …Up steps Jelavic…Full …no Brimming with confidence …the whole of Goodison behind him …. Thousands of phones in the Gwladys street alight, recording this seminal moment in Goodison history , Jelavic steps up ,takes a short run up … strikes the ball …. and hits the bar, his Everton career perfectly summed up in the confines of one game.
Thanks for the memories Nicky
Good bye and good luck