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Moyes: Velios 'very gifted'

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David Moyes believes Everton could have a quality player on their hands in Apostolos Vellios after the teenage striker netted his first goal for the club on Saturday.

The Greek forward came off the bench at Goodison Park as a 66th minute replacement for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and scored in the closing stages to put the Toffees in the lead against Wigan.

Vellios climbed highest in the opposition penalty area to direct a Tony Hibbert cross past Al Al Habsi before Royston Drenthe made sure of the result in stoppage time.

And Moyes was enthused by the performance of Vellios, who was making only his fifth appearance for the Merseyside club.

"He can finish from crosses, he's got the ability to get on the end of things," Moyes said.

"Technically he's really good for a big lad, he's very gifted. There's something to work with.


 

"It's the only way we can do it, to give some of these young boys a chance. There's the best of what we've got at the moment."

However, the Everton boss is wary that the 19-year-old is far from the finished article, although he is willing to allow Vellios time to develop.

"He has to do things like make the right decisions, he took a shot when he could have played in Leon Osman who was in a better position," added the Scot.

"There were moments when he gave the ball away a couple of times in risky positions when he had to keep the ball and be more secure.

"Also at the time in the game we were making sure we were still defending so we were asking him to do other jobs for the team and he had to realise the importance of the game and by the end he did.

"It'll help a young centre forward to score a goal, he'll be thrilled."

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