Beattie aims to boost Toffees
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
James Beattie says he is ready to finally prove his worth in an Everton shirt.James Beattie says he is ready to finally prove his worth in an Everton shirt and score the goals to reverse their terrible form this season.
After claiming a UEFA Champions League place last term The Toffees have collapsed in disastrous fashion and currently lie rock bottom of The Premiership with five defeats in six games.
Beattie has been absent for much of the campaign after sustaining a toe injury against Manchester United on August 13, although the former Southampton man is now on the verge of making his comeback.
The striker has endured a stop-start beginning to his career at Goodison Park but he now insists he is ready to take on the mantle of being the prime hit-man for manager David Moyes.
"That [responsibility] has been the case since I got here and I haven't been able to show anybody that I can handle it," Beattie told the club's official website.
"When I come back this time I want to have a run of games and start scoring and showing everybody what I can do.
"The gaffer brought me in to score goals and I have always said that is what I can do.
"One goal, or two or three could set it off and hopefully we can progress from there and not undo what we did last year."
Beattie scored an ultimately futile goal in the UEFA Champions League qualifier against Villarreal earlier in the season although his fine start was undermined just four days later as he sustained the injury that has ruled him out of first team contention.
The striker admits he was at fault for prolonging the injury as he tried to rush back to action, but insists he is now ready to resume training with his beleaguered team-mates.
"To get injured in the first Premier League game of the season was a big blow but these things are sent to test and hopefully I will come back stronger," Beattie continued.
"It's quite an unusual injury because the joint in my big toe of my left foot got hyper-extended, I just couldn't put any pressure on my toe.
"I then tried to come back too early, I was a bad patient and I was trying to push myself and it put me back a couple of weeks.
"It was unfortunate because I thought I had a good pre-season, I scored a couple of goals.
"The injury is coming along nicely and hopefully I will be training either this week or next week."