Gareth Barry was over the moon with Roberto Martinez for selecting Nikica Jelavic in the starting line up in Saturday's 4-0 FA Cup win over QPR at Goodison Park.
After a promising start to his Everton career, the striker has since fallen out of favour in Merseyside but as speculation grows regarding a move to Upton Park the Croatian scored twice as Everton breezed into the Fourth Round of the cup.
Although Jelavic has suffered a long stint amongst the substitutes the striker staked a claim for a regular place in the starting XI on the back of Saturday's performance much to the delight of Barry.
Speaking to the Independent, Barry said: "He has had to be really patient, waiting for his chance, and it is not easy to come in sometimes. But he has shown a great hunger and scored twice."
Jelavic has been reduced to a spectator after the arrival of the highly-rated Romelu Lukaku on loan. Before Saturday, Jelavic was without a goal since March and had not started since September. With the World Cup just months away the striker will be wanting regular football in the run up the the tournament in Brazil.
With West Ham possibly losing danger man Carlton Cole to QPR, Jelavic could well be tempted with a move to East London but Barry, who is an FA Cup winner with Manchester City, doesn't believe that anyone will be leaving Goodison Park during this window.
"I'd be very surprised if we lose any players. For me, this is one of the best clubs to be learning your trade at at the moment I think all the players will say it."
Speaking to the BBC on his strikers performance Martinez said : "I don't want to sell him - I don't want to lose him now, but I understand it is a key moment for him. Put it this way - if the World Cup was not in the summer, this situation would never be in place."
Next up in the cup for Everton it's an away trip to Hertfordshire to play League One strugglers Stevenage with fourth round ties being played on the weekend of Saturday January 25.
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