Steven Naismith: I was in awe of this Everton signing when he joined

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Everton's ace Steven Naismith says that he was in awe of Samuel Eto'o when he first arrived at the club.

Everton ace Steven Naismith says that when Samuel Eto'o joined the club he was 'in awe' of his ability. 

The Scotland international has been one of the Toffees' better performers so far this season, but says that he was a little intimidated by Eto'o when he first arrived.

The experienced Cameroonian joined on a free-transfer and although he may be entering the twilight of his career now, it appears that his reputation is still something which means he is held in high regard. 

However, Naismith says that he has settled at the club now and, although he may have felt inferior when he first arrived at Goodison Park, he feels like he belongs. 

"When (Samuel) Eto’o joined. You are in awe of him because of what he achieved in the game, but you link well in training and you settle," he said to the Liverpool Echo.

“When I first moved I definitely felt a bit inferior."

“It’s been a problem for Scots boys in the past and I was the same. Looking around the squad you think to yourself, ‘should I be here?’ But as you get more comfortable with the lads on and off the field things begin to go for you. I feel I belong here now.”

Naismith's new found confidence certainly appears to be helping his game and he already has three goals for the season.

It is a marked improvement on the last two campaigns, where the 27-year-old has only managed to notch 11 goals. 

Naismith has often be given plaudits for his work-rate, but there was a thought that he lacked the natural ability to be a regular for a side chasing the top four. 

However, his performances so far this season have belied this - as he has become one of the central figures in Roberto Martinez's team. 

The task for Naismith will be to continue this form, though, as he is under pressure from a classy Everton front-line. 

The aforementioned Eto'o is joined by £28 million summer signing Romelu Lukaku who are competing with Naismith for a place up-front, whilst Kevin Mirallas, Aiden McGeady and Steven Pienaar offer the versatile attacker a challenge to displace in wide areas. 

For the time being, though, Naismith's position seems secure and if he keeps this form up Martinez will not be able to drop him. 

The Scotland international will be hoping to return from the international break, where he played for his nation in their 2-1 defeat to Germany, to impress again on Merseyside.

His first chance to do this will be at the weekend when Everton take on West Bromwich Albion. 

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