Football fans are a fickle lot, we all know that. In Steven's case, however, particularly so. Two years ago under OFM, the sight of him entering the arena whether as starter or sub led to howls of derision throughout the majority of the Everton community. Many of us surely questioned what OFM had seen in him.
Two years on and the answer is plain to see. What we have is a player as honest as the day is long and of no little talent-his finishing lately has been of the highest order. He efforts alone against Chelsea yesterday didn't merit the final score. His status among the Goodison faithful may yet reach that of Tim Cahill in the modern era. Time will tell.
What's more, and more importantly, he seems to be a thoroughly decent human being as witnessed in his gesture towards the unemployed and his work for charity.
A Goodison favourite. Thanks Stevie!
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1 Posted 31/08/2014 at 18:10:59
Most people would've shrunk under the negativity he received last season but bit by bit he seems to have won many of up us over, I just sincerely hope he can maintain the performances to remain such a great example to the team.
Combine all of that with his off the pitch activity and doff my cap. What a bloke - an example to us all. Well done to you also Julian for acknowledging it.
2 Posted 31/08/2014 at 18:26:41
Well done Steven Naismith keep up the good work and hopefully one day he can be remembered like Cahill who had similar qualities!
3 Posted 31/08/2014 at 18:36:20
4 Posted 31/08/2014 at 18:42:12
5 Posted 31/08/2014 at 18:45:56
6 Posted 31/08/2014 at 18:45:06
He's certainly proved there's more to his game than being a real dead ringer for Barney Rubble.
7 Posted 31/08/2014 at 19:02:34
Good shout Patrick, he really is leading by example and could well be captain sometime soon.
8 Posted 31/08/2014 at 19:10:09
9 Posted 31/08/2014 at 19:05:26
The transformation from the bit part player under Moyes, to the composed finisher/terrier/Hickson style 'false 9' leading the line is 'phenomenal'. His tireless work rate is a must, and keeps him in my team every week.
10 Posted 31/08/2014 at 19:12:33
Eto’o was playing the game at a walking pace and he can afford to with the other two putting a shift in.
I thought we were very menacing going forward yesterday and it’s a shame that it was overshadowed by shambolic defending.
11 Posted 31/08/2014 at 19:15:41
I have also been impressed with McGeedy. I think he has shown flashes of what is come this season, including the assist for Naismith yesterday. Lukaku should have been subbed for Eto’o not McGeedy in my opinion.
12 Posted 31/08/2014 at 19:18:35
With Naismith, Lukaku, EtoÂo and Mirallas, Everton should be able to score a lot of goals but obviously playing strong defence when it matters is so crucial and we all hope that RM is working on a solution. The closing down early in yesterdayÂs game was non-existent and Chelski couldnÂt have believed their luck.
Early days yet andm with woeful WBA next, there is optimism that they will turn the corner.
13 Posted 31/08/2014 at 19:21:45
IMHO, when he first arrived the pace of the EPL made him look like a lost sheep, but heÂs not alone in that, but once again IMHO there was enough goal poacher skills on display to see there was more to his game given a run in the side and of course in the centre not wide.
Jon(#11) IÂm concerned about McGeadyÂs fitness levels and has he got the motivation to Âget thereÂ; he certainly has the skills but he arrived in January looking like heÂd a good Christmas, and heÂs had 8 months to reach top condition, but he still looks like heÂs blowing for tugs as well as carrying a bit of padding. But thereÂs a player lurking in there somewhere.
14 Posted 31/08/2014 at 19:18:05
Turns out that those goals weren’t perhaps so ’lucky’ after all and when you play a striker out of position and tell him to tackle back he can’t perform to the best of his abilities, put him up front and he comes alive. I’d be interested to see his figures for games when he’s played as an actual forward, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he turned out to actually be our most potent attacker.
So now we truly have an embarrassment of riches up front Lukaku, Eto’o and Naismith plus Kone to come in and Long/McAlney coming through. Add to that the wing trickery of Mirallas, Pienaar, Atsu and (occasionally) McGeady, Coleman and Baines/Oviedo pushing forward from the back plus Barkley driving forward ahead of the harrying of McCarthy and Besic (with Gibson in reserve) alongside Barry’s head and we really do look like a dangerous attacking unit.
The glaring problem now is that Martinez has over-ridden the defensive settings that Moyes spent 10 years imbue-ing leaving Jags, Distin and Howard (who aren’t suddenly terrible players) over exposed.
15 Posted 31/08/2014 at 19:27:32
16 Posted 31/08/2014 at 19:01:24
I thought a replacement for whoever our first-choice striker was needed to be someone capable of scoring as many goals and challenging for a first team spot but IÂm happy to admit I got him completely wrong.
What I like about him is his intent to get into the right place and with no nonsense just get a shot off without trying to be to cute, no flicks or tricks, just get in that position and shoot... And, if someone else is about to shoot, his awareness at where to be for any rebounds or parries is also top notch.
17 Posted 31/08/2014 at 19:36:03
18 Posted 31/08/2014 at 19:55:51
19 Posted 31/08/2014 at 19:50:05
Probably the best Moyes transfers were Coleman/Cahill but there was also amazing value from Arteta/Pienaar. Even moderately priced players like Distin/Jagielka/Howard/Baines have proven over the years to be bargains.
John Stones, Bryan Oviedo and Steven Naismith were among the last few transfers David Moyes made at Everton and they look to be amongst his best.
20 Posted 31/08/2014 at 20:03:01
21 Posted 31/08/2014 at 20:02:28
22 Posted 31/08/2014 at 20:08:45
23 Posted 31/08/2014 at 20:26:35
And I think Roberto is a better overall manager and I would never want to undermine him by appointing Moyes in any capacity.
24 Posted 31/08/2014 at 20:28:04
25 Posted 31/08/2014 at 20:31:52
I guarantee our defensive mistakes would stop immediately.
26 Posted 31/08/2014 at 20:45:53
27 Posted 31/08/2014 at 21:12:52
Could become a legend. Just goes to show that supporters are better supporting than being overly negative.
Sin Mierdo and all that!
28 Posted 31/08/2014 at 21:26:25
29 Posted 31/08/2014 at 21:37:07
Still trying to work out if that was a deliberate dyslexic troll. Do you mean "sin miedo" or "sin mierda"?
30 Posted 31/08/2014 at 21:40:13
In a world of ego and greed, I love the bloke and his "roll up the sleeves and get on with it" attitude.
31 Posted 31/08/2014 at 22:11:35
32 Posted 31/08/2014 at 22:22:03
1) sin miedo = no fear
2) sin mierda = no shit
33 Posted 31/08/2014 at 22:50:15
34 Posted 31/08/2014 at 23:03:20
Would change the 'tone' of Bobby's huge poster on the side of the stadium! :)
35 Posted 31/08/2014 at 23:13:45
Would still like him to be taller and quicker though, so only irreplaceable until we find a taller, quicker version of him. ;)
36 Posted 31/08/2014 at 23:44:17
Now if Rom and a couple of others apply themselves in the same way...........!!!
37 Posted 01/09/2014 at 08:00:12
38 Posted 01/09/2014 at 08:10:10
Like everyone else though, currently alarmed at the panicky air in defence. We look great going forward though and a good deal of that is down to Nais. Top player and a top guy.
39 Posted 01/09/2014 at 08:06:35
Naismith always struck me as an intelligent player when he first arrived, but he seemed to be slightly out of sync with some of the others. A pass would go marginally astray, a run be slightly wayward or he'd arrive a second or two late to convert a chance. He has settled and is now an excellent contributor in just about very way. He is the best in the current squad in one to one situations against the oppo's keeper and as soon as he had the chance on Saturday, I thought he'd score. He was Everton's best player against Chelski (despite the score line - I thought a number played well) and has now scored more goals in three games than the entire Man Utd team have managed in four. Would be nice if that could continue!
40 Posted 01/09/2014 at 08:07:17
Nais has a fantastic football brain which would grace any team in the premier league. He makes other players perform better which us a rare quality. He's a top bloke to boot....... and he avoids that stupid 'Jesus on a cross' goal celebration.
Love 'im, me. Love 'im.
41 Posted 01/09/2014 at 09:23:20
I think he has a lot more to his game than just effort , some real quality in there.
And his finishing is second to none.
42 Posted 01/09/2014 at 10:19:11
43 Posted 01/09/2014 at 10:32:09
44 Posted 01/09/2014 at 12:04:40
45 Posted 01/09/2014 at 12:07:29
If only the lad had an extra yard (or two) of pace....he's got everything else in his locker but I've still got blue mates who loathe him. After the Leicester game one of 'em insisted that we'd lost the game 2-1 as he can't bring himself to count anything Naismith does as valid.......sad innit?
46 Posted 01/09/2014 at 12:28:44
He is fast becoming another Tim Cahill/Bobby Collins. and I canÂt pay him a bigger compliment than that
47 Posted 01/09/2014 at 14:51:01
48 Posted 01/09/2014 at 18:32:24
To echo several of the above, the lad can find space and finish with the best of them. A cert on any team-sheet.
49 Posted 01/09/2014 at 20:26:21
50 Posted 02/09/2014 at 11:09:42
51 Posted 02/09/2014 at 12:28:54
Anyway I'm delighted Steven Naismith is getting the plaudits that he deserves. Let's hope Roberto can sort the defence sooner rather than later.
52 Posted 02/09/2014 at 13:12:11
I often thought that a lot of our more high profile players would fail in front of goal in the big matches but, like Timmy, I can always see Steven putting away a chance when it really matters.
54 Posted 02/09/2014 at 14:22:33
Well done, Julian!
55 Posted 03/09/2014 at 02:13:26
57 Posted 05/09/2014 at 12:49:37
Yes, he's been fed some good balls and put them away, and so would lots of our other players. Tries hard but not a top striker in my book sorry. My Toffee mates liked him coming on as a sub. Now we are fighting to stay in the PL, we need our best players on the pitch. Go on, all yell at me! I don't rate McGeady either.
59 Posted 05/09/2014 at 13:35:16
60 Posted 05/09/2014 at 13:47:22
61 Posted 05/09/2014 at 13:58:14
62 Posted 05/09/2014 at 13:40:53
Don't build him up into the second coming, I agree that he's playing very well, long may it continue, he's proved that played in the right position with the attitude he has, can transform themselves. He's a great asset to our squad.
The through ball that he thrives on is almost impossible to defend against, if you have a willing runner like him. Even though Besic cocked up in a big way with his back-heel, it does show that he's not afraid to be unorthodox, he might be the player in the middle that hit's it off with Naismith and Lukaku and can play the through balls that they both thrive on,
63 Posted 05/09/2014 at 14:23:55
Talking of over the top - "Now we are fighting to stay in the PL we need our best players on the pitch" - In my best Kamara voice, "Unbelievable Jeff!"
64 Posted 05/09/2014 at 17:43:33
65 Posted 05/09/2014 at 18:03:34
66 Posted 05/09/2014 at 18:33:51
Gerard why do you feel the need to use the much over-used and much misunderstood word ÂfickleÂ here please?
Could it just be this: Jags was crap in his opening stretch with us in midfield (that master player manager Moyes deserves a mention there), that this was followed by a much improved and longer stretch in the middle of defence, and now, for various reasons Â– discussed endlessly elsewhere Â– he is, quite frankly, playing utter shite.
So, ÂfickleÂ? Hmmmmmmmmmmm.
Inconsistent? Changing opinions bouncing from one position to another seemingly at will?
With respect might I suggest that your use of the word ÂfickleÂ is utter -------------- here, and that, in fact, the attitudes you sum up are a fairly accurate barometer of JagÂs time with us.
And what do you mean by Âthings have gone full circleÂ? ItÂs really awful isnÂt it; if we point out that someone is playing crap because he is playing crap, we are Â–in a word Â– ÂfickleÂ?
67 Posted 05/09/2014 at 19:13:59
68 Posted 05/09/2014 at 19:34:38
70 Posted 05/09/2014 at 19:53:15
Pienaar is another who always gives 100% and he is missed playing in front of Baines. Our defence appeared stronger with Pienaar in the side as he fizzed all over the pitch and helped Baines on his forays upfield. I will never forget Pienaar's contributions during ArtetaÂs long absence and it was no coincidence that our defensive record was better with him in midfield.
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