Moyes backs Johnson to shine
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
David Moyes has backed Andrew Johnson to end Everton's goalscoring malaise.
David Moyes has backed new striker Andrew Johnson to end Everton's goalscoring malaise.
The Toffees struggled in front of goal last term, as their return of 34 goals in 38 Premiership matches was the lowest of all the sides who stayed in the top-flight.
Moyes set his stall out to bring in a proven marksman and ended his search when bagging Crystal Palace's England international Johnson.
Johnson has had three outings in Everton colours, but has drawn a blank in friendly games with Bury, Preston and Celtic.
The striker's latest outing came in Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Celtic and Moyes was thrilled with his effort at Parkhead.
"I thought AJ played well," said Moyes. "I would have kept him on later but he has a bit of a groin strain.
"He'll give us a threat. Their keeper made a couple of good saves from him. If he plays like that, he will be difficult for defences."
Moyes was also delighted with the form of new keeper Tim Howard, who is on loan from Manchester United, as he added: "Tim looks as if he's got something about him.
"He's only been in with us for a week - and it takes a lot to play at Celtic. I was happy with the way he played."