While the Belgian striker has been spending extra time in training with former Everton Talisman, Duncan Ferguson, he has also been benefiting from the vast experience that the 33 year-old Eto'o brings and now has four goals from nine Premier League starts.
Despite his scoring record, at 21 years of age, Lukaku is still learning his trade and Naismith feels that just being around the Cameroonian is helping his game.
"The two of them work closely in training and so every day he is seeing him, the way he moves, and seeing where he takes his touches and it's definitely helping him," the Scot says.
"It's not as if they go and do specific things together. It is just the general off-the-cuff stuff that Samuel does that Rom is catching onto and hopefully taking into his game."
And Naismith, the Blues' top scorer in all competitions with five, admits that he, too, is picking things up from one of Europe's most prolific forwards.
"Watching him is definitely helping me," Naismith continues, "and with Big Dunc helping with the squad as well giving you pointers, we have great people around us who are going to make us better players."
Roberto Martinez has rightly been impressed with Naismith's contributions thus far as the ex-Rangers man revels in his preferred central role.
'I love watching Steven play," the manager says. "I think the way he is adapting in different positions, even during games, he has an incredible intelligence."
Quotes sourced from The Mirror
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1 Posted 08/11/2014 at 22:19:31
Barkley can change a game, can make something out of nothing... but at the moment he's not consistent enough; if he is struggling to create, he doesn't make up for it on the defensive side.
Glad it's Martinez's problem to sort out.
2 Posted 08/11/2014 at 22:31:22
Barkley on the other hand attracts opposition players, leaving space for other Everton forwards. I reckon Barkley earns more than his fair share of free kicks in dangerous areas for us, too.
I would argue that Barkley tends to give our game some pace and directness. Often if Naismith has the ball away from goal, he will tend to not have the pace to go on and beat anyone, so will check back and attempt an easy pass, killing any opportunity of a quick counter.
They're entirely different players. Naismith is very dangerous in the penalty box, Barkley is suited to games where he can run at the opposition from deeper positions. Naismith works harder and is the better 'team' player, but Barkley still has a vast potential and needs minutes to help him improve.
It's a nice choice for Martinez to have, and with the number of games we have to play, he can pick either of those based on form, fitness and the opposition.
One very true thing that someone else mentioned a recently, was that Naismith, Barkley and Eto'o are all wasted on the wing. A shame really, since we don't have anyone of similar quality to replace Mirallas, or anyone with pace on the left side either.
3 Posted 08/11/2014 at 23:00:23
The beauty of playing in Europe this season means we can rotate both players so they both get plenty of playing time. There's also the Christmas period where games come thick and fast and we will get the chance to use our whole squad.
The position in the hole, behind the striker, is actually the best position for Eto'o, Osman, Naismith and Barkley so that particular position will give RM a bit of an headache.
I've often said we need a playmaker Â– a Mata/Eriksson type player but I suppose getting that type of player would limit Barkley's chances of first team football. So, perhaps we need a deep lying midfielder like Xavi who can add a bit of craft, and a younger, fitter, more consistent version of Pienaar who can play on the left and add creativity from that position.
4 Posted 09/11/2014 at 01:30:46
Coleman. Stones. Jagielka. Baines
Mirallas. Barkley. Pienaar.
5 Posted 09/11/2014 at 01:59:36
6 Posted 09/11/2014 at 09:55:03
7 Posted 09/11/2014 at 10:36:10
8 Posted 09/11/2014 at 10:55:56
But with a Club website to furnish as well as Everton TV, I guess it has to be done. Personally, I think talking shite should be the sole province of us on Toffeeeweb !
9 Posted 09/11/2014 at 11:52:00
10 Posted 09/11/2014 at 15:27:54
Lukaku will never be a 㿈m player: slack, lazy and no first touch. How many times did he give the ball away in that game
Let's have all the bellends on here defending him cos he is young... a terrible terrible buy. Simply not good enough and I am really starting to detest his play.
11 Posted 09/11/2014 at 21:28:41
One-on-one and doesn't even get a shot off?! Looking forward to seeing Martinez spin this one.
12 Posted 09/11/2014 at 21:57:03
Naismith, Eto'o, Osman and Barkley are all best in the same position as Mark says. Personally I think it's better to only play one that put round pegs in square holes.
13 Posted 10/11/2014 at 09:35:45
14 Posted 10/11/2014 at 11:12:58
15 Posted 10/11/2014 at 15:53:29
It's just a personal preference, I guess.
16 Posted 10/11/2014 at 16:28:04
What do you think of it so far?
17 Posted 10/11/2014 at 16:51:35
A baby in his position. Can anyone name three centre forwards of his age who could do a better job?
19 Posted 10/11/2014 at 20:58:23
Is it really?
20 Posted 11/11/2014 at 03:50:49
Consistency at that level twice in a week for a 21-year-old CF who is way way before his best yet is unrealistic to expect.
The quality of our front men right now is the best for a long long time Â– quality and promise.
21 Posted 11/11/2014 at 11:08:06
He may be 21 but his football experience has some depth to it. He isn't an 18-year-old novice with a handful of first-team appearances. For whatever reason, he isn't playing well Â– it can't keep being blamed on his age.
22 Posted 11/11/2014 at 11:58:32
23 Posted 11/11/2014 at 12:01:54
24 Posted 11/11/2014 at 12:43:46
I suggest you melt Eto'o down and pour him all over the lad. Even then, I have my doubts he'd make a good foootballer.
25 Posted 13/11/2014 at 18:29:59
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27 Posted 13/11/2014 at 19:21:44
Anyway, back to Lukaku. Does he miss that link with Mirallas? It seems coincidental. Ever since heÂs been injured, the attacking spark hasnÂt been there.
McGeady seems to be more bothered about doing shite Ronaldo impressions than providing good service at the moment. ThereÂd be a good crossing opportunity for him and he tries to be like Ronaldo and fails miserably.
As for Barkley, heÂs only just come back from that injury. He probably isnÂt 100% fit which is why heÂs not his usual self.
If you want Barkley, where do you put Naismith? HeÂs absolutely woeful on the wing as we found out regularly under Moyes. So, do you put Barkley in his usual CAM role with Naisy as impact sub or do you play both?
Quite simply, you canÂt. He canÂt go up front because that means putting Lukaku out wide where he is about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
Naisy is more an impact player. EtoÂo is an out-and-out striker. A poacher. He shouldnÂt be picking up the ball from deep.
Lukaku: we should bench him for a few games. Barkley: give him time to recover 100% fitness.
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