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Osman: Everton more than one-man band

Leon Osman has warned his Everton team-mates not to become over-reliant on the goal-scoring exploits of Belgian star Marouane Fellaini.

The midfielder is the club’s top scorer with eight Premier League goals to his name and, while the likes of Nikica Jelavic, Kevin Mirallas, Victor Anichebe and Steven Naismith have all chipped in, Fellaini has now scored five of the team’s last six in the league.

Osman feels the rest of the team need to make an effort to share the goal-scoring burden.

He told the club’s official website: “It’s always important to try and spread the goals but, at the same time, you’re going to get a period in the season where it’s tough and you need your players playing up the pitch to score the goals.

“Felli’s certainly been doing that for us lately. He’s a massive player for us at the minute, that’s evident in the way he’s playing and the way we play.

“We’re not a one-man team, we’ve got a number of good players this year. I think it’s shown in our football this year how we’re developing as a team and that we’re becoming a better footballing team.”

Having secured 1-1 draws against Arsenal and Manchester City in the last two league games, Everton will play host to Tottenham on Sunday and Osman is expecting another tricky encounter against the in-form Londoners.

“It’s another tough test, of course,” the midfielder continued. “Tottenham are one of the better teams in the league.

“They were unlucky not to get a Champions League place last year after finishing fourth, so it’s important that we’re on our game this weekend for a difficult match.”

Thu 6 Dec, 2012
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