Round backs Saha to fire
Steve Round believes Louis Saha is capable of scoring 30 goals a season if he can stay injury free.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 22/09/09 5:32pm
Everton assistant manager Steve Round believes Louis Saha is capable of scoring 30 goals a season if he can stay injury free.
The 31-year-old took his seasonal tally to six in all competitions on Sunday following his brace over Blackburn in the 3-0 win at Goodison Park.
The Frenchman's striking pedigree has never been in doubt but it is his ability to avoid injury and participate in a run of games that has often been called into question.
Round insists the Toffees carefully monitor the former Manchester United man's fitness to ensure he is brought out of the firing line when needed.
"If you look at Louis' record of goals per game, he is up there with the best of them," he said.
"If he plays 30 games, he will maybe get you 15 goals. If he wants to, and he continues his good form, there is no reason why he cannot get 20-30 goals a season.
"Louis has the capability as he has the talent, but only time will tell what total he will reach.
"He loves to train and work hard. He is very self-critical if he doesn't play well. I think being around our place has helped him.
"For him to enjoy his football and feel wanted is very important. There is a great camaraderie in the dressing room and Louis is known as 'The King'. He is a fantastic guy."
Round stressed that the club try to make sure Saha does not play three games a week, but having impressed against AEK Athens in the Europa League and Rovers over the last seven days the Toffees No.2 admits the striker is in line to start against Hull City in the Carling Cup on Wednesday.
"Sometimes we think three games a week might be too much for Louis, depending on who we play," he added.
"We want to keep him as fit as we can. It's a marathon and we would like to see him maybe play as many as 40-50 games.
"We took him off on Sunday, so he will be in contention tomorrow. Then we have a trip to Portsmouth on Saturday, so perhaps this is one week he could play all three games."