The 21 year-old made the headlines again with his impressive goal and all-round performance against QPR on Monday night, reawakening talk of him being England's next great hope.
While many believe that national team manager Roy Hodgson ignored the Wavertree-born starlet when England needed his precocious talents at the World Cup in Brazil, Naismith feels there is danger on the other side of the spectrum where too much expectation could be damaging.
"It's the normal kind of British mentality where he is expected to be a world beater as soon as he comes in," Naismith says. "Young players are going to be hot and cold for many years. It's not until they hit their mid-20s they will be very consistent.
"It's always going to be difficult for him. He is a terrific talent and he's got a lot going for him, but he's got a lot to learn and after the World Cup there was a lot of expectation.
"Ross has suffered from a bit of that. He's got all the talent in the world but he's got a lot to learn and you just have to give him time to learn.
"He will make mistakes and he will maybe come on in games and be effective or he will come on and lose the ball. He needs to learn the times when he does go forward and do his bit and the times to keep it simple. But that will come with experience.
"I think in the coming years if we are patient with him he will be a terrific player for Everton and England."
Quotes sourced from ESPN FC
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2 Posted 17/12/2014 at 06:31:36
Nothing wrong with the system, you just need the right players. We should leave Roberto alone to develop a team. In the short term, using the current squad, 4-3-3 built around the 3 midfield players above. Lukaku,and any two from Eto’o, Kone, Naismith or Mirallas in a front 3
3 Posted 17/12/2014 at 07:37:01
Lose and it's going to be pretty boring in the league with just cup competitions to look forward to.
4 Posted 17/12/2014 at 07:45:16
He will be the Boss soon!
5 Posted 17/12/2014 at 07:47:03
6 Posted 17/12/2014 at 08:13:12
Improving players is an important element for a club like Everton - but can it be done in the white-heat of the Premier League?
My personal opinion is that if the manager has a rigid system that he won't move away from then he can only purchase players who can fit into that system.
For example if Luaku loses confidence in his natural ability by trying to improve other aspects of his game - he will become unhappy and how long will he tolerate that before he decides to move on.
Asking young players that have come through the ranks to do things they are not comfortable with is not such a gamble, paying 㿈m for a player and then asking him to do something he finds difficulty in doing is a massive gamble.
7 Posted 17/12/2014 at 08:37:16
8 Posted 17/12/2014 at 09:09:50
Coleman Browning Stones Garbutt
Deulofeu Lukaku Mirallas
I can guarantee someone will get an 8-0 drubbing!
9 Posted 17/12/2014 at 09:46:46
Patrick, Lukaku saying that is almost a plea to get Martinez to set the team up to play TO his strengths and see him for what he is. A striker who can run at defences and score goals. If Ferguson is coaching him he should be able to see that. We had years of balls hoofed up to Ferguson in the hope that he could flick them on to...er...nobody,actually. Hit and hope.
Lukaku would be great in a different team.
10 Posted 17/12/2014 at 09:54:34
11 Posted 17/12/2014 at 10:00:30
If Martinez is going to persist with his " philosophy " and play out from the back, as opposed to passing along the back line until we're closed down and then hoof it up front, he needs to get the right sort of players to play that system. And play through the middle of the team, along the floor.
12 Posted 17/12/2014 at 11:00:00
13 Posted 17/12/2014 at 10:56:59
Maybe the slow build up and seemingly endless passing at the back doesn't suit but more frustrate the likes of Lukaku, who is a player that comes to life when running direct at goal, as we saw against Wolfsburg and the goal he got against West Ham and Hull too were the result of quick incisive play, all this frustrating going backwards from a free-kick in the opponents half must be maddening at times no matter what level of football your plying your trade at.
14 Posted 17/12/2014 at 11:04:36
15 Posted 17/12/2014 at 11:27:04
It was only after Whatmore went off injured that Browning settled down. Both of these players lack the pace required and that is a must have in todayÂs game in the Premier League.
The big plus for Garbutt is his pace and fearlessness. This lad will be a success unless he gets injured. Browning is another Duffy who also lacked the pace to play at the very top.
Some older players compensate their slowing down by experience and positional sense.But if a youngster lacks pace he will not make the grade in todays game.
16 Posted 17/12/2014 at 11:51:54
Everyone fit I feel we are only short of a left sided attacker similar to Miralles. Of course the addition of some world beaters would be nice.
17 Posted 17/12/2014 at 12:20:12
19 Posted 17/12/2014 at 12:33:48
ThatÂs how I see it but with the exception of Deulofeu, only because he isnÂt here at the moment but I would love to see him return permanently. WeÂve also got Galloway who looks like he could be as good as Stones. So that centre back role could be very healthy with Browning, Stones and Galloway battling for the position and I can see the option of a back three with all of them playing if required.
I would like to see McCarthy and Besic given time together now and hopefully they could nail down that position with Ledson getting some game time as well so that in a few years like the centre back position we could have three top players battling for that position.
I know itÂs all speculation but with a good right back to cover for Coleman, Oviedo to cover for Garbutt once Baines has hung up his boots and a new goalkeeper we could have our whole defence and defensive midfield set up for a long time to come.
20 Posted 17/12/2014 at 13:36:51
21 Posted 17/12/2014 at 16:04:33
I know we all have our own opinions but we have the best two wingers in the prem in Coleman and Baines so I don't understand why he keeps picking any four of Lukaku, Eto, Naismith, Barkley McGeady Mirallas, Ossie which leaves our MF lightweight and forwards all running into each other.
I would play a 4-4-2 with a MF four of McCarthy Besic Barkley Barry(Or Baines and play Garbutt LB).
and a front two out of Lukaku Naismith and Mirallas depending on what game it is.
That would make us less porous and have more players available for the back 4 to pass to and Leave Baines and Coleman to overlap.
22 Posted 17/12/2014 at 16:53:23
23 Posted 17/12/2014 at 20:23:54
24 Posted 17/12/2014 at 22:54:45
25 Posted 18/12/2014 at 09:44:55
but as we are supposed to be in a much stronger financial position now than at any time under BK's ownership, I for one will turn on him big style if he engineers a sale of Ross or any of our other young home grown players. I had sympathy for him at the time when he let Rooney go because I genuinely think his hand was forced by the banks. The world is full of people who have to sell their assets because they don't have the funds to carry on, but supposedly no more!
26 Posted 18/12/2014 at 13:35:00
Enjoy the spectacular and praise the incredible things he does and quit moaning about his mistakes as they are the only way the lad will learn.
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