STEVEN NAISMITH is convinced misfiring Everton striker Nikica Jelavic will not wilt as he struggles to end his goalscoring drought.
Jelavic has now failed to score in his last 10 Premier League matches having been hauled off 11 minutes from time during Saturday’s disappointing 2-1 defeat at Norwich City.
The Croatian netted four times in his first seven games this season but has since found the target only three times since October 6.
It’s in stark contrast to his form on arriving from Rangers last January when Jelavic netted 10 times in 16 appearances in the second half of last season.
But his former Ibrox team-mate Naismith, who made the same journey to Goodison last summer, believes the forward needs just a change of fortune.
“There’s no doubt he can handle the pressure,” said Naismith. “If you look at how the games are going now the ball just isn’t breaking to him. It’s not about him not trying or being lazy.
“There were a couple of times against Norwich again when the ball didn’t fall to him. But his other parts of his games are working well.
“He put a few balls across the face of goal for other people, and he’ll always give you that if not the goals he usually scores as well.”
Naismith made his first Premier League start in more than a month on Saturday but couldn’t prevent Everton from slipping to a damaging loss.
Leon Osman’s 39th-minute goal was on course to give them only a second league win in six before substitute Kei Kamara and Grant Holt struck twice in the final four minutes to earn Norwich their first top-flight triumph in 10 games.