Moyes wants 'bully' Beattie
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Everton boss David Moyes wants striker James Beattie to get physical with opponents.
Everton boss David Moyes wants striker James Beattie to use his physical strength against opponents.
The former Blackburn Rovers and Southampton hit-man was left out of Everton's win at Tottenham Hotspur, having failed to find the scoresheet in the club's first two Premiership matches.
The 28-year-old has seen summer signing Andy Johnson make a fine start to his career at Goodison Park, with The Toffees set to host Merseyside arch-rivals Liverpool on Saturday.
Moyes believes Beattie has much to offer Everton this term, claiming the striker needs to play to his strengths to help the club succeed.
"There were times last season when he went on a run and looked the type of player who could bully defenders - like he did against Arsenal," Moyes said in The Sun.
"He is a player who can put himself between the ball and the opponent and I want him to do that. I'm looking for him to be strong and competitive.
"We know he has got a tremendous work rate, and we need him to show that at every opportunity. He has got that ability to win headers and it is important he does that.
"There is a lot for him to give this team and we know there is still more to come, especially with his goal return."
Meanwhile, Toffees midfielder Tim Cahill is looking forward to facing The Reds and thinks Rafa Benitez's side are aware of their current form.
"We have started tremendously well and I think Liverpool will be a bit wary at meeting us this week," Cahill said.
"It's our biggest game of the season and we're looking forward to it. This is like our Champions League final.
"I know a lot of big Everton fans who feel every single kick, so I think I'll be getting a kicking if we don't win!
"All games are supposed to be the same, but they aren't. It's Reds v Blues and that's it - it's absolutely massive."