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Confidence Is Massive

Graeme Sharp, 9th February 2009 - 16:18

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Blues legend Graeme Sharp is Everton's leading post-war goalscorer and won two league championships, an FA Cup and the Cup Winners' Cup.

He is now the Club's Fan Ambassador and chairs the Fans Forum.

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For obvious reasons I always pay special attention to any striking additions made to the Everton squad and what a debut we were treated to on Saturday.

I thought in the first half especially Jo showed what he could do - he got hold of the ball, held play up, allowed the midfield to push up and his general play was very good. In the second half, perhaps because of a lack fitness, he began to look a bit tired - but it didn't stop him scoring a cracking goal for his first and a confident finish from the penalty spot as well.

As a striker, if you've got that instinct he showed for the first goal then you're going places. You've got to remember he went to Manchester City for a lot of money so obviously they saw something in him. It hasn't worked for him there for whatever reason but now he's got the opportunity to stake a claim and prove he can perform in the Premier League.

He's certainly got off to the perfect start and, as David Moyes has said, if he can chip in with a few goals between now and the end of the season who knows what will happen?

He's in the perfect place and playing under the perfect manager to recapture his confidence and get back among the goals. It was interesting that for the second goal, Phil Neville took the ball to him and said 'Listen, go on, you take it, you score'. The lads can see in training he's a quality player so they want him to do well for the Club, and I think he will have come in and right away realised what a tight-knit group we've got here.

The credit for Saturday's performance ultimately lies with the player himself though. It must have been difficult and there must have been times when he's thought it wasn't going to work for him here, that he may as well go back to Russia or Brazil. But he's been given another opportunity to play in the Premier League - where most players want to play these days - and he's immediately taken it with both hands.

Confidence is massive as a striker. Absolutely massive. If he had turned up on Saturday and not scored and not played particularly well he would have automatically started doubting himself again. Instead he's proven to himself and to everybody that he can score goals at this level.

Some people might say the defending wasn't great - Gary Megson questioned his side's defending - but the touch for his first goal was fantastic and you could see how something as small as that perked his interest.

Take it from me, as a striker, when you score you cannot wait for the next game and I for one am hoping there's a lot more to come from the tall Brazilian. Watch this space.

Latest Blogs by Graeme Sharp

garry eastwoodABSOLUTE LEGEND SHARPY LAD, U AND SHEEDY WERE MY HEROS, A GREAT AMBASSADOR FOR EFC. C O Y B

Wednesday 2nd September 08:37 Report Comment

Thomas McCartenspot on sharpy, you can usally tell when a players got a certain something about him, and i feel jo has that quality, and seams to be makeing the right sounds about being happy at the blues. also thanks for taking time out to chat & pose for a picture last time i was home, a true everton great. thomas

Tuesday 10th February 20:28 Report Comment

Lee ScanlanI'm watching Sharpey don't worry about that. But when i picture a tall Brazilian i must say that they're normally wearing a bikini. You blog as well as you played. Brilliantly.

Tuesday 10th February 07:52 Report Comment

Colin BurnsSharpy, what a sensible guy you are. Jo is a superb acquisition and his comments about the belief David Moyes has in him says bucket loads about not only the type of manager we have, but about the man himself. Here's to a victory over Villa.

Tuesday 10th February 00:51 Report Comment
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