Everton Stats: Comparing the Input of Nikica Jelavic and Victor Anichebe

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Everton Stats: Comparing the Input of Nikica Jelavic and Victor Anichebe
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For the majority of his time at Everton, David Moyes has been renowned for operating with a reduced amount of options up front.

Strikers are generally the costliest acquisitions in world football, so obtaining more than one marquee name has been a tough task with the club's financial restraints.

Therefore, if one or two forwards become injured, Moyes has often needed a Tim Cahill or a Marouane Fellaini to fill in and perform a job in attack. Such versatility has always been central to his plans and this season is no different.

Fresh off an impressive inaugural campaign with the Toffees, Nikica Jelavic is the club's leading striker, with powerful academy graduate, Victor Anichebe, the main alternative. Behind that pair there aren't too many recognised options, and without them it would be a case of Kevin Mirallas—who's more at home coming in off a flank—or Fellaini leading the line.

Considering this, the input of Moyes' premier front-men is crucial and has often been what's separated them from making the Champions League.

Using Premier League statistics provided by EPL Index, here's a look at how Everton's two main strikers have fared in recent times.

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