Veteran Everton Defender Reveals Primary Reason Behind Recent Goalscoring Streak

Tom Power
90Min

​Phil Jagielka has joked that his recent goalscoring streak is down to one thing only - a change of boots for the veteran Everton defender.

The centre half has bagged three goals in as many matches for the Toffees as he ended a barren run that had stretched back to April 2015 when he netted in a 3-2 home defeat to Aston Villa.

Speaking to the club's ​official website, the man known as 'Jags' was quizzed over why he had suddenly found his scoring boots, and the 34-year-old admitted that he only needed to find the right pair to begin finding the net again.

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He quipped: "The lads have been been laughing away at my goals! It’s been a case of change of boots, change of luck for me. Some new boots came out and I’ve managed an assist and a few of goals in them, so hopefully that continues.

“The main thing is that they’ve been important goals, scored at important times and they’ve meant something at the end of the game. We’ve still got a few games left this season and, hopefully, I’ve not used all my goals up just yet.”

Jagielka became the 17th different senior scorer for Everton this term when he scored the opening goal in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford - a league high among any of the Premier League's 20 teams.

Star man Romelu Lukaku may have borne the brunt of the goalscoring expectations at Goodison Park with 24 goals in England's top flight, but Jagielka added that it was important for the whole squad to chip in and relieve some of the burden on the talismanic striker every now and again.

He said: “Goals come from everywhere in successful teams. It is important that midfielders chip in and defenders do the same from set pieces. There is no point getting free-kicks and corners if you aren’t scoring from them. We’ve done well in that respect in the last few games and we want to build on it.

“Rom, of course, is flying up there at the moment but it’s good to know that if he has an off day then there are other people capable of sticking it in the back of the net.”

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