Moyes in Not Rush with Jelavic

  • Last Updated: February 6 2012, 11:09 GMT

Everton boss David Moyes insists he will not rush new striker Nikica Jelavic into first-team action following his big money move from Rangers.

Jelavic: Will be eased into first-team action

The £5.5million Croatia international came off the bench to make his debut for the Toffees in their 1-1 draw against Wigan at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

But Moyes believes it is important to ease the 26-year old, who scored 36 goals in 55 games during his time in Scotland, into Premier League life.

Moyes told The Sun: "He is one for the long-term and I will bring him in gradually.

"He will score goals but adds other things to the team, like bringing other players into the game.

"He is a proven international centre-forward and raises the level."