By Andy May
Everton paid £5million to sign the Croatia striker in January's transfer window last season - a fee significantly less than what Andy Carroll cost Liverpool and a fee that is still only a third of what Newcastle United paid Blackburn Rovers in 1995 for England attacker Alan Shearer. Jelavic has scored 13 goals in 16 league starts so far for Everton, who have made a strong start to 2012/13 under Moyes. Howard thinks his manager has bagged a bargain:
"On the scale of what is being spent in world football and in the Premier League, he did not cost a lot for a top notch goalscorer.
"Nikica has bagged a tonne of goals and always looks like he is going to score. That [for me] is the most important thing - as important as scoring twenty a season is looking like you are going to score every single time you get the ball.
"He is always in the thick of it [in attack] - penalty shouts, he heads the ball well, can play with his left and right foot and he is effective on both channels."
Four goals this season in the Premier League from Jelavic has helped Everton start the season with one defeat in seven matches - the club are fourth in England's top division going into an away match at struggling Queens Park Rangers.
In defence, Howard is delighted to be working with Phil Jagielka once again - and believes he will now be an England regular following the international retirement of John Terry:
"He probably should be as [Phil] is the type of player we rely heavily on at Everton. He is definitely the sort of player you want in the heart of your defence.
"I hope he gets a good run in the England team as he is a top, top defender. He is not someone who only concentrates on himself - he is a good communicator, solid in the air and someone with a very clever footballing brain."