Moyes Mindful Of Albion's Attack
Boss wary of Lukaku, Long, Fortune and co.
Everton go in search of their third successive Premier League clean sheet this evening – but David Moyes admits it is hard to predict what forward line his opposite number Steve Clarke will unleash upon the Blues at Goodison Park.
On-loan striker Romelu Lukaku has been the figurehead for West Bromwich Albion this season, scoring nine goals since joining on a season-long deal from Chelsea.
The Belgium international was partnered by Peter Odemwingie in their previous outing against Aston Villa, although the Nigerian striker will miss this evening’s game due to personal reasons.
In his absence, Clarke has a number of other options and could call upon Markus Rosenborg, Marc Antoine Fortune or Shane Long – a scorer in Albion’s 2-0 win over Everton in September.
Moyes said: “They have got different players. Odemwingie has been playing off the sides rather than through the middle recently, Lukaku is big and powerful and Shane Long is a willing runner who is athletic, so it’s difficult to know exactly what they are going to do.
“We have to make the most of what we have got at the moment and use the home advantage.”
Moyes was also full of praise for the start Clarke has made to his managerial career with tonight’s visitors.
His fellow Scot served as assistant boss to Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, Gianfranco Zola at West Ham United and Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool before taking up the reins at the Hawthorns last June.
Moyes added: “With his experience and the people he has worked under and the clubs he has been at, it was probably the right time. It’s been a good club for him to join.
“West Brom are quite a stable club and they have got a good squad of players. They have played well and he has brought in one or two additions. He is showing the experience he has gained from working under some very talented managers.”
“He has got off to a great start with West Brom and I can certainly see them finishing in the top half of the league,” continued Moyes.
“If you had given that to Steve at the start of the season, he would have taken it. Maybe now he is looking for much more and he’s trying to catch us, but West Brom have done really well.”
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