'You don't see it coming' - Osman comments on teammate's skill

Everton midfielder Leon Osman has praised Steven Naismith's ability in the air.

Everton's experienced midfielder Leon Osman believes that defenders often don't predict Steven Naismith's ability in the air.

The Scottish international wins a lot of headers, despite not being too much of a presence and it is an ability that Osman feels that opposition defenders often are unaware of. 

Naismith's skill in the air has been compared to former Everton great Tim Cahill, who Osman played with, and the 33-year-old admits that he would be hard to choose between who is better at competing in the air.

“I don’t know what it is with Naisy," he said to the Liverpool Echo. "You sometimes just don’t see it coming. He’s really learned how to maximise his jumping ability."

“He jumps across people rather than jumping with and alongside them like the old fashioned centre forward."

“He has got a hell of a leap. I’d be interested to see him and Tim doing it together. I think maybe Tim has just got the edge."

“I watched Scotland the other night and they played him out on the right and put all their balls out towards him so he could win headers. It shows his ability.”

Naismith has been in fine form this season, winning over some of his critics with some stellar performances.

The former Rangers man had been criticised for his lack of technicality by some sections of the Toffees fan-base, but he is rapidly winning over his doubters.

Expected to be back-up to some of the bigger name stars, he is currently one of the first-names on the team-sheet at Goodison Park.

It is a run of form, which has put some of the other members of the side to shame, as Everton's displays, as a collective, have often been poor.

The Merseyside outfit are struggling in the Premier League this campaign and Osman has urged them to start being better at the back to help them start picking up three points. 

“We’ve been having to score maybe three goals to win a game,” he said. “One hasn’t been enough because we’re conceding too many."

“It takes away from the momentum. Against Palace we were cruising at 1-0 up, could have scored two or three and then to concede one out of nothing the whole momentum changes. That’s why we need to get back to clean sheets again."

“The games have turned on fine lines; the types of things which can change seasons in general. You look at the first two games; if we had won them, which we should have done, the table looks a lot better. Everyone would be happy and we were just unlucky last week."

“But a few undesired results have left us sitting here with only one league win."

“We know we need to get things up and running properly and we can’t wait to get into it on Saturday.”

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