Everton star discloses the reason he has hit top-form

Steven Naismith says that the increased competition in the Everton squad has helped him find his top form.

Steven Naismith has praised the competition in the Everton squad, saying that the standards in training are exceptionally high.

Naismith has been in fine form over the season so far and he believes that is down to the fact that he knows that any dip in form will see him relegated to the sidelines, due to the quality of his teammates.

“You see that on the training pitch as well – the standard of training is so high and that means there is always a lot of competition for places, which is good for us," he said to the Liverpool Echo.

Naismith has four goals in the season so far and he has been the Toffees most in-form player over the opening course of the campaign.

The Scottish international was expected to play a rotational role at the club, but he has established himself as one of the first names on the team-sheet, despite a number of additions over the summer.

Roberto Martinez looked to add strength to his squad to allow them to compete in Europe and the Premier League, but so far the influx of signings have not had the desired effect.

Although the increased competition has benefited Naismith, it hasn't helped other members of the squad so much and the side are currently down in the bottom half of the table.

Naismith, though, admits that it has been a good start from a personal point of view and he is now aiming to keep this form up for the foreseeable future.

“I’ve been happy with my form so far,” he said. “I’ve managed to contribute with goals and play that’s led up to goals.

“Overall it has been a good start for me, but my mentality is that you’re only as good as your last game.

“You’ve got to work as hard as you can going into every game, because you can find yourself out of the team as soon as your form drops.”

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