Everton boss Roberto Martinez hails Scotland hero Steven Naismith

Roberto Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is full of praise for Steven Naismith and admits that winning against Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday will not be easy.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has been singing the praises of Steven Naismith.

The 28-year-old attacker has been in impressive form for the Toffees so far this season and continued that run for Scotland in midweek.

The former Rangers star, who can play as an attacking midfielder and a forward, scored for his national side against Poland in a Euro 2016 Group D qualifier on Tuesday.

Naismith’s goal in the 57th minute helped Scotland earn a 2-2 draw at the Stadion Narodowy in Warsaw and kept them on track for qualification.

The former Kilmarnock star, who joined Everton in the summer of 2012, has scored four goals in seven appearances in the Premier League so far this campaign, while creating six chances and having a pass accuracy of 76%.

Martinez has praised Naismith and has explained why he has been playing so well recently.

Everton, though, have made a disappointing start to the 2014-15 season and are currently 17th in the Premier League table with six points from seven matches, just two points above the relegation zone.

On Saturday, the Liverpool-based outfit will take on Aston Villa at Goodison Park, and Martinez admits that winning against the Villans will not be easy.


Aston Villa have fared better than Everton so far this season and are currently 10th in the league table with 10 points from seven matches.

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