Selhurst Park

Next Game

C Palace v Everton

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Goodison Park

Last Game

Everton 0 - 0 W Brom

Monday, 19 January 2015, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Naismith: Best is yet to come

Steven Naismith believes Everton fans will see the best of him this season.

Last Updated: 17/09/13 at 19:02 Post Comment

Steven Naismith: Ready for big year

Steven Naismith: Ready for big year

The Scottish international arrived on a free transfer from Rangers last year, but he was just recovering from a knee injury and struggled for full fitness during his first 12 months in England.

Now Naismith, who scored the winner against Chelsea at the weekend, feels he is ready to show his best at Everton.

"Last season was my first season back from a knee injury, which takes time, plus it was my first season back at a new club which takes time," he said.

"At previous clubs I've taken time to settle so hopefully this can be the start. It was unfortunate for Steven Pienaar to be injured but it opened up the door for me to get my chance and hopefully I can carry that on and get selected again.

"You have to earn your place. When you come to a club like Everton and you are competing for European football, you expect the quality to be high and for there to be competition for places. I am up for the fight and I wouldn't have come here if I wasn't.

"I'm glad to be part of this squad and I hope to be able to contribute more."

Naismith says he and his team-mates are getting used to new manager Roberto Martinez and said: "It has been a big change from the previous manager in terms of the style we are playing and that will take a bit of getting used to, but we have shown we can carry out what he wants and cause trouble to the best of them.

"It gives you a bit more freedom because the manager wants you to go and express yourself going forward."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

F

irst Townsend, now Chiles. What next ITV? Comedy that you can actually watch without vomiting up your own spleen? I'll be sad to see Matt Smith go though. I actually quite like him. Plus, he was good in Doctor Who.

sailingmagpie
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

H

e's like Jay from Inbetweeners. Could've had him, had him, didn't want him, turned him down.

lee
Wenger criticises work permits

A

wful, awful pundit. He was crap on BBC, and offered a little more analysis than Robbie Savage - apart from the delivery of banality in a sexy accent. Also, as I'm Irish he'll never be more then a slimy, hand-balling f**ker in my eyes.

batdog
Football People On TV: Thierry Henry

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter shrugs-off UEFA's challenge to his leadership as 'lacking courage'

Sepp Blatter tells UEFA “they do not have the courage” to sufficiently challenge his leadership at this year's election.

Transfer news: Sam Allardyce unsure whether Darren Fletcher will join West Ham

Manager Sam Allardyce admits he is unsure whether Darren Fletcher will choose to join West Ham or another club.

Transfer news: Wigan close to signings of Chris Herd from Aston Villa and Jason Pearce from Leeds

Wigan are close to signing Aston Villa's Chris Herd on loan and Leeds' Jason Pearce permanently, Sky sources understand.

Mail Box

Appalling, Slow, Pathetic, Embarrassing

It's a bonus Saturday Mailbox, with plenty of reaction to the most alarming 0-0 draw in Manchester United's recent history. At what point do we worry about Louis van Gaal?

Why Do Man United Look So Impotent?

It's all very well talking about formations and United's defensive problems, but shouldn't their expensive attacking options be doing better? And we talk psychology...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company