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Moyes: A Battle Of The Best

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

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Sunday's game between Everton and Spurs will see two of the Premier League's most in-form players go head-to-head.

For the Blues, Marouane Fellaini has been the stand-out player all season, his four goals and two assists in November a clear illustration of his all-round effectiveness.

For Tottenham, meanwhile, Jermain Defoe has recaptured his finest form, scoring five times in his last four games to fire the Londoners up to fourth in the Barclays Premier League table.

The England man has 13 goals already this term, while Fellaini's menacing patrolling behind Nikica Jelavic have seen him find the net on eight occasions.

Both players have been key in getting their teammates on the scoresheet as well, contributing four assists apiece.

And Everton manager David Moyes is cutely aware of the threat posed by Tottenham's diminutive goal-getter.

"Defoe is a terrific finisher and an excellent player and he's someone who we'll need to watch very closely," he said on Friday.

"But in the same breath, we've got Fellaini, who's been playing very well and can cause other problems in different ways.

"They're pretty much two of the [most] in-form players in the Premier League at this present time."

Moyes' appreciations of Fellaini's talents are mirrored by Andre Villas-Boas' unabashed praise for his own high-flying charge.

Having worked alongside the likes of Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres at Chelsea, the Portuguese tactician puts Defoe right up there among the most lethal he's seen.

"He is one of the best strikers I have worked with," gushed the 35-year-old, also a former boss at Porto. "I certainly put him alongside Falcao.

"His hunger for goal is extreme. That makes things easier for you to work with because you don't have to teach a lot.

"I don't have a lot of experience, the experience I have is with a couple of strikers. But I put him up there with the best."

Belgian Fellaini arrived at Everton as a holding midfielder but has excelled in a more advanced role this term, pleasing his boss.

"We've moved him forward a little bit more," continued Moyes. "He can play deeper as well and through the year we might chop and change for whatever games we have.

"Or, because of injuries and suspensions, we might need to drop him back a bit more.

"But we feel at the moment we're getting better service and better use from him playing a little higher up.
 
"He scored another good goal last week and his form has been very good and he's been ticking over - he's the one who's been really consistent with it.

"Steven Naismith has chipped in with a few goals, Jela's been in there as well and we've got to make sure we share the goals around if we can. But as long as somebody is scoring that's the main thing."

To see a full statistical comparison between Fellaini and Defoe, check out the evertonfc.com Head to Head tool here .

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