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Ossie Deserves Credit

by Rob Urbani @efc_roburbani

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Leon Osman deserves greater recognition for his influence on and off the field for Everton.

That is the verdict of Blues' assistant boss Steve Round, who was delighted to see the 29-year-old score as captain in Wednesday night's impressive 5-1 demolition of Huddersfield Town.

Youngsters Seamus Coleman, Magaye Gueye, Jack Rodwell and Marouane Fellaini may have earned the headlines after the second round success but the influence of Osman is not under-estimated by the Club's coaching staff.

Round explained: "Leon's a terrific player and the heart and soul of the Club, he really is. He was deservedly the captain on Wednesday night.

"I think sometimes he doesn't quite get the credit he deserves because he hasn't got the flashness of one or two of the others in some of his play. But he does the work, he's got great quality and I was really pleased with him tonight."

Osman is one of the Club's longest serving players. A product of the Everton Academy, he overcame a succession of serious injuries early in his career to emerge as a key first-team player for David Moyes, making his senior debut in 2004.

He has since become a lynchpin of the Everton squad, making 210 senior starts and netting 34 goals, the most recent coming in Wednesday night's win at Goodison.

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