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Leon Osman backs Nikica Jelavic to find form

Osman backs Jelavic to find form
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Leon Osman backs Everton teammate Nikica Jelavic to find his form in front of goal next season.

Leon Osman has backed Everton teammate Nikica Jelavic to rediscover his form in front of goal next season.

The Croatian endured a difficult campaign at Goodison Park last term, scoring eight goals in 43 games.

However, Osman believes that the arrivals of fellow forwards Arouna Kone and Gerard Deulofeu will help to bring out the best in Jelavic.

"I think, for the most part, strikers relish competition," he told the Liverpool Echo. "It makes them work harder; it makes them strive to improve themselves every single day.

"He seems happy. I don't know whether it's because he's had a good summer or he's just happy to see us. He seems lively and raring to go."

Everton start the new Premier League campaign with a trip to Norwich City on August 17.

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