English Premiership

Pienaar: I just want to play

2012-02-03 10:05
Steven Pienaar (AFP)
Wigan - Steven Pienaar has promised to emulate Landon Donovan in his second spell at Everton as he prepares to face Wigan.

The South African winger, 29, left Everton for Tottenham last January but has now returned to Goodison Park for the rest of the season on loan after struggling for regular football at Spurs.

Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic could also make his Everton debut at the DW Stadium after completing a 5.5 million move from Rangers on Tuesday.

Pienaar got his career on track when he joined the Blues in 2007 after a difficult spell at Borossia Dortmund and he is hoping to do the same this time around.

He will join up with another former team-mate, Donovan, who is impressing in a second loan spell from LA Galaxy.

Pienaar said: "I have been speaking to the players a lot and when the manager gave me a call on Tuesday it made things much easier.

"Like all the other players I have to come and fight for my place.

"I know it is not going to be easy, the team has had two good wins so I will have to come and fight and show I deserve a place.

"You could say there is pressure because people will expect the same stuff but maybe I'll have a Landon Donovan effect and do even better than last time.

"You have to look at someone to inspire you and what Donovan has done in the last few games. He's been playing really well and hopefully I can do the same.

"It feels great to be back. I just want to play football and got an opportunity to come back and play. I will definitely take it with both hands."

Jelavic has been in prolific form in Scotland, where he scored 30 goals in 41 SPL starts after joining Rangers from Rapid Vienna in the summer of 2010.

The Croatia international, 26, is sure he can maintain that scoring form in the Premier League.

"Of course it's a step up," Jelavic said. "The Premier League is the biggest in the world, the strongest, and for me it's a big step forward in my career so I want to prove myself here and to play well for the club and the supporters.

"It's not pressure, I look at it as a challenge. I scored in Vienna, at Rangers and so I can score here as well.

"I have my way and my style and I look only at it as a challenge and won't put any pressure on myself with numbers."

David Moyes will hope that Jack Rodwell can overcome a hamstring problem but Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman and Leon Osman are all absent through injury.

Colombian Hugo Rodallega could feature again for Wigan after being left on the bench for the 3-1 defeat at Spurs in midweek, following repeated speculation about his future.

Franco Di Santo is likely to overcome a cut leg and Antolin Alcaraz could return from a groin problem.

The Latics are currently bottom of the Premier League and four points from safety.

Manager Roberto Martinez is sure that Rodallega, whose current contract expires in the summer, can make a big difference in the second half of the season despite the likelihood he will leave on a free transfer.

"It is quite clear that the position we are in in the table that the most important thing is Wigan, nothing will distract us a group," Martinez said.

"Individual situations do not matter now as the window is closed.

"Everything is around what Wigan need in the next 15 games. Individual situations are not going to benefit or hinder what we are trying to do.

"I'm delighted as we have Hugo now for the next 15 games. Everything else is not important at all.

"Hugo has shown over the last few seasons how important and affective he has been over the last few seasons."

Read more on:    epl  |  steven pienaar

Spurs seal late win at Hull

2014-11-23 20:41


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


BMW drift battle: M235i vs. speedway bike

Watch this insane drift contest with four-times dirt-track World champion Karl Maier riding a speedway bike against a BMW M235i.



Want to start talking dirty?
Everyday struggles of naturally skinny guys
And this year's Miss Bumbum title goes to...
How to maintain your mo, bro
24 November 2014
Aston Villa v Southampton, Villa Park 22:00
29 November 2014
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal, The Hawthorns 14:45
Liverpool v Stoke City, Anfield 17:00
West Ham United v Newcastle United, Boleyn Ground 17:00
Swansea City v Crystal Palace, Liberty Stadium 17:00
Queens Park Rangers v Leicester City, Loftus Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester United v Hull City, Old Trafford 17:00
Burnley v Aston Villa, Turf Moor 17:00
Sunderland v Chelsea, Stadium of Light 19:30
30 November 2014
Southampton v Manchester City, St. Mary's Stadium 15:30
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton, White Hart Lane 18:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

How long will Mario Balotelli last at Liverpool?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.