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Everton remain without a win in the Premier League this season, but the international break has come at a good time for Roberto Martinez to take stock of their campaign so far and make adjustments ahead of their trip to West Bromwich Albion this weekend. With three goals in three games, Steven Naismith has been an unlikely hero so far for the Toffees, and midfielder Gareth Barry has lauded the Scot's contribution.
"He knows his role and is a very clever player," said the ex-Manchester City man. "He is doing exactly what is asked of him and his work rate is second to none. There are not many players out there that puts in the shift he does. Not only that, he is scoring goals and helping the team. He is doing both brilliantly."
Meanwhile, new signing Muhamed Besic came in for some criticism after Everton's recent 6-3 defeat to Chelsea at Goodison Park. The Bosnian, 21, joined the Toffees from Ferencvaros this summer having impressed at the World Cup, but was guilty of giving away possession to Diego Costa for the final goal by trying a back heel near his own goal. The former Hamburg man clearly doesn't take defeat well though, as he revealed what his private life is like after a loss.
"When I lose a match, I close myself up in the house for two days or so," said Besic. "I have my father, my mother, my brother, and my girlfriend. That’s where my circle closes. Friends? I don’t really have them or need them. I may get an occasional cup of coffee with someone but that’s about it. My private life is my sanctuary."
Finally, manager Martinez has made a strong commitment to youth development since becoming Everton boss, with John Stones and Ross Barkley testament to that. MK Dons youngster Brendan Galloway joined earlier this summer, and now another lower league gem is on his way to Goodison Park after Everton agreed a deal to sign Northampton Town midfielder Fraser Hornby, with the 15-year-old joining under the EPPI rules.