'He's a very clever player' - Gareth Barry hails Everton teammate

Gareth Barry At Villa

Gareth Barry has praised the form of his Everton teammate Steven Naismith.

Gareth Barry has praised his Everton teammate Steven Naismith, after his blistering start to the season.

The Scotland international, who played in his nation's 2-1 defeat to Germany in midweek, has been one of the Toffees' top performers throughout the early stages of this campaign and he is already earning plaudits from his peers. 

Barry believes that Naismith is doing everything required of him at the moment and that his work-rate is making him a stand-out player for the side. 

"He knows his role and is a very clever player," the experienced England international said. "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."

Naismith has scored three goals already this season, after only scoring 11 in the last two campaigns combined, and this form has made him one of the first names of the team-sheet at Goodison Park.

Although the former Rangers man isn't as naturally gifted as many of Everton's attacking options his limitless energy presents a different threat and he is proving to be practically un-droppable at the moment.

Whether he will be able to keep it up for the remainder of the season remains to be seen, but Roberto Martinez certainly has a selection problem because of Naismith's form.

The Everton boss has a lot of attacking options this season - after bringing in the likes of Samuel Eto'o and Romelu Lukaku over the summer, but the 27-year-old's form has meant he has proven a more potent outlet than either of the highly-rated new signings so far. 

Naismith will be looking to continue his fine form at the weekend, when the Toffees take on West Bromwich Albion as they look to pick up their first win of the season. 

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