Everton latest: Star labelled as "one of the best in the world"

Tim Howard USA 2

All the latest news, views and transfer rumours from Goodison Park...

Everton forward Steven Naismith enjoyed a superb second half of the season after being moved from midfield to a more attacking role. The former Rangers man ended the season with five goals and two assists to his name, and says the change in position was the reason for his upturn in form.

"I think something which has helped me is that the manager has played me more centrally," said the Scot. "That is where I feel more comfortable and I am glad I have been able to show the manager that I have been able to contribute for the team there."

"Overall I have been delighted with the way the second season has gone. Every year I will look to improve and contribute more," Naismith added.

Whilst Naismith's Scotland didn't qualify for the World Cup, the Toffees do have a number of stars who will be travelling to Brazil this summer, and one of those is goalkeeper Tim Howard. The experienced shot stopper will be between the sticks for the United States, and their manager Jurgen Klinsmann rates the former Manchester United man as one of the best in the world.

"I think there is something special waiting for Tim (in Brazil), that he hopefully makes that his special moment," Klinsmann said. "He, I think, was in the top three of the Premier League this year, and I look at him as the top five in the world."

Meanwhile, Everton boss Roberto Martinez will be working hard to strengthen his squad this summer and has been linked with a shock move for Dover Athletic defender Chris Raggett. The 20-year-old has impressed in non-league, earning comparisons to Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, and could be seen as one for the future in Everton's defence - but there is plenty of competition for his signature.

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch