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Nikica Jelavic | Forward | #7

Team: Transfer Target
Age / DOB:  (32) / 8/27/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 194

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After weeks of speculation, West Ham officially confirmed the sale of forward Nikica Jelavic to Chinese second-division side Beijing Renhe.
The forward lasted only five-and-a-half months at the club after joining from Hull City in the summer in a £3million move. However, reports say the Hammers tripled their investment after selling for around £9million despite Jelavic only featuring in 12 Premier League matches this season. During his short tenure, the Croatian striker recorded a goal and two assists. But his already sparse playing time looked to be in jeopardy after the club brought in Emmanuel Emenike on loan for the remainder of the season. Tue, Feb 16, 2016 11:40:00 AM

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West Ham United entered the match in sizzling form but hit a wall against an upstart Newcastle United side, losing to the Magpies 2-1.

Yet another matchup that looked heavily in favor of one side went the way of the other in this topsy-turvy PL season. West Ham were on the back foot from the opening whistle and allowed Newcastle to score twice inside of the first 15 minutes. The defending was shockingly poor, allowing the Magpies plenty of space in which to operate throughout the match, and were lucky to end the day with just the two goals conceded. They were given a window of life early in the second frame, when an ill-advised back pass by Chancel Mbemba was pounced on by Nikica Jelavic and the Croatian scored his first league goal since last season while playing for Hull City. The loss allowed Tottenham to widen the gap for fourth in the table this week from one point to four.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Jan 16, 2016 12:17:00 PM

West Ham United helped out their injury-riddled forward line with the acquisition of Premier League veteran Nikica Jelavic via transfer from Hull City for a fee of around £3m.

The contract for Jelavic is for two years, but also includes an additional two-year option. Given the recent career of the Croatian, one would doubt that option will be exercised, as he has bounced around his last five clubs, lasting no more than two years at any one of them. With Mauro Zarate, Enner Valencia and Andy Carroll all banged up right now, it's a good thing for the Hammers that the window was open and could put a band-aid on the problem. Given that and Jelavic's familiarity with the top flight, we may see him starting very soon.
Source: Sky Sports
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 09:33:00 AM

Nikica Jelavic returned to the Starting XI for Steve Bruce's side but it was not enough to get their attack to produce a goal as Hull City suffered a 2-0 loss at White Hart Lane.

Jelavic may have had the best chance for the Tigers today when he clanked one off the corner of goal from close range in the second half. Otherwise, it was little for Spurs to do to keep them out as Hull's opportunities were limited by a considerable disadvantage in the possession battle. Now, in order to stay up, Hull have to win next weekend and either Newcastle needs to lose their remaining game or Sunderland would need to drop all six of their possible points from the two matches they have left in order to stay up. It will be Manchester United left for Hull.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, May 16, 2015 12:06:00 PM

Nikica Jelavic was a substitute again in Week 36 as Hull City dropped a 1-0 decision to Burnley and Steve Bruce will have to decide if another week of recovery is enough to start the forward.

With a trip to White Hart Lane up next for Hull City as they look to crawl out of the relegation zone, Steve Bruce faces a difficult decision on Nikica Jelavic. The Croatian forward has been injury-ravaged for the second half of the season and has only been fit enough for substitute duty the past two weeks. Bruce, desperate for three points on Saturday, will have to decide if he is willing to risk starting Jelavic and potentially having to substitute him off early or continue bringing him off the bench. The combination of the match-up and the uncertainty are enough for fantasy managers to avoid Jelavic at all costs.
Fri, May 15, 2015 10:05:00 AM

Nikica Jelavic is coming off a troublesome knee injury but he may be inserted into the starting line-up in an attempt to keep Hull City from the drop.

It's all hands on deck time for Steve Bruce as this weekend's match with Burnley could be his last chance of the season to pick up three points. With difficult opposition in Weeks 37 and 38, the would-be Tigers need the points and Steve Bruce is likely to take a risk by starting Jelavic. When he has been healthy, Jelavic has been effective and he was fit enough to come off the bench on Monday. As far as value goes, Jelavic is a solid bet to return some value if you're in a pinch in single ownership formats.
Fri, May 8, 2015 01:51:00 PM

Nikica Jelavic returned to first team action on Monday with a ten-minute substitute appearance against Arsenal.

He wasn't able to do anything to influence the outcome of this week's match but the return of Nikica Jelavic may have some influence in the battle to stay out of the third relegation spot. When he's been healthy, Jelavic has been a productive player for Hull City and managers looking to pick up a useful player in single ownership formats, Jelavic may be available on waivers after a second half of the season riddled with injuries. If you can pick him up on the cheap then it might be a solid get.
Wed, May 6, 2015 04:50:00 PM

Nikica Jelavic is back in training and could feature against Arsenal on Monday.

Jelavic has been out since late-March after minor knee surgery. With Hull City still probably needing one more win to secure their spot in the Premier League for next season Steve Bruce will probably err on the side of pushing Jelavic back if he thinks that he can contribute. Fantasy managers should probably be a little more conservative given the risk of Jelavic being on the bench or missing out entirely.
Fri, May 1, 2015 03:53:00 PM

Hull City have been rocked at the forward position yet again with the news that Nikica Jelavic will be out for six weeks after having surgery on his troublesome knee.

Jelavic has been in and out of the line-up with knee complaints for most of 2015 and he will now head to the sidelines in an effort to get the problem solved. Jelavic has been effective when he has played and his spells in the line-up have correlated to some of Hull City's better runs of form this season. In his absence, Abel Hernandez will likely return to the starting line-up to partner Dame N'Doye as they look to keep Steve Bruce's team out of the relegation zone.
Fri, Mar 20, 2015 01:41:00 PM

Nikica Jelavic had a frustrating afternoon for Hull City, missing two big chances to score in a match that would eventually end 0-0 against Leicester City.

The match began a back and forth affair and would continue that way until Leicester had an opportunity to boss things with a man advantage inside the final twenty minutes. Hull should have been ahead in the first twenty though, as Nikica Jelavic had the ball five feet in front of goal courtesy of a slick counter attack, but he whiffed at the ball and fell to ground. Then, around the hour mark, he had a good look with a header but the ball fizzed over the bar. Hull are six points clear of the drop at the moment - a decent position but they need a win or two down the stretch. Playing Chelsea next week, that plan may need to be put on hold.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Mar 14, 2015 01:10:00 PM

Nikica Jelavic who missed Hull City's Week 27 loss has a chance to feature in Week 28 with his manager saying that he's "hopeful".

Both Jelavic and Dame N'Doye were absent over the weekend and Steve Bruce will hope that he has at least one of the duo back. Sunderland's trip to the KC Stadium offers a good chance for three points but that chance will be diminished with no recognized forwards available along with the absence of Robbie Brady. If you have the option to wait until line-ups are released then one or both Hull City forwards could be options but if you don't then it's probably best to avoid both Jelavic and N'Doye.
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 10:38:00 AM

Nikica Jelavic has returned to fitness in February and goals have come with his renewed fitness.

Jelavic has been a nice redemption story for Steve Bruce when he has been healthy. Ditched by Everton for poor performance, the Croatian forward proved to be a bargain last January when Steve Bruce bought him. 2014-15 has been up and down for the forward punctuated by an early-January injury that cost him a month and a half of the season. Back from that injury he has picked up his scoring pace with goals in each of Hull City's past two matches. The only caveat to his production is that he is scoring goals but not adding much in the way of phantom points. If Buddy Ryan were his manager at Everton he might have been quoted as saying "All he does is score goals." as he sold him.
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 03:40:00 PM

Nikica Jelavic's knee issue just won't go away enough to allow the forward to start the Week 25 match with Aston Villa. The forward may get a place on the bench as he recovers.

The original prognosis in early January was that Jelavic would likely miss between four and six weeks with his knee injury. At the end of January, Steve Bruce indicated that Jelavic might return early for the Match 23 match-up with Newcastle. Apparently Bruce was overly optimistic in his assessment as Jelavic looks like he'll not start in the Premier League until after next weekend's FA Cup action. He could come in off the bench in Week 25 but that should be the limit of expectation for the Croatian forward.
Tue, Feb 10, 2015 10:16:00 AM

Nikica Jelavic was supposed to be close to playing last weekend but faces a late fitness test to be available for the trip to Manchester in Week 24.

Steve Bruce will be hoping he gets his most effective forward back for the trip to the Etihad as well as, and perhaps even more importantly, the upcoming mid-week visit of fellow relegation struggler Aston Villa. Jelavic has hardly conjured up images of Alan Shearer in his prime but with Bruce's team struggling for points and goals anything resembling a competent forward will be a welcome change. The only thing that will prevent Jelavic from moving straight back into the starting line-up could be the arrival of January signing Dame N'Doye who may be available for Tuesday as well.
Fri, Feb 6, 2015 11:55:00 AM

Hull City have completed the signing of Senegal international striker Dame N'Doye from Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old, who scored 27 goals in 66 games for Lokomotiv, has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal, with the option of a further year. N'Doye recently played for Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations. The Tigers are the joint second lowest scorers in the Premier League this season with 20 goals from 23 games. Hull vice-chairman Ehab Allam said: "It's taken us three weeks and we almost missed the deadline so it's been fantastic news to get it over the line.
Source: BBC Sport
Tue, Feb 3, 2015 01:13:00 AM