The Scottish Premier League may be going through a very rough patch at the moment, and the standard is clearly not high, but now and again they bring in an absolute gem.
Nikica Jelavić was widely expected to be a flop in the Premier League after his £5m move to Everton from Rangers in the January transfer window.
But seven goals in five games in April which saw the Croatian striker named Player of the Month for April has prompted critics to reverse their opinions on the 26-year-old.
Papiss Cissé will edge him for the best January signing, for his wonder strikes at Stamford Bridge plus a return of 13 league goals, but Jelavić looks a born goal scorer.
Everton might struggle for the consistency of some of the top sides but with the likes of Jelavić they are always capable of causing a surprise against anyone in the league.
West Ham United – unsurprisingly – hold the advantage going into the second leg of their Championship play-off clash with Cardiff – but many Hammers supporters are still unhappy with the current regime.
There are quite a few reasons – their much-cherished ‘West Ham way’ not being abided by – but it’s not the style of play which proved so successful for Sam Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers.
After their 2-0 win in Wales, West Ham are favourites to reach the play-off final, and if they can seal promotion, then Allardyce’s ultimate goal next season will be to keep the Hammers in the Premier League at all costs.
And to do this he won’t adopt a Swansea City approach, he’ll revert to his tried and tested Bolton way of taking on top flight opposition which is much like what watching West Ham is like now.
And, if it keeps the Londoners in the Premier League, then there should be no complaints, especially as many club have tried to play attractive football but suffered immediate relegation back to the Championship.
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