The Everton forward has made a very determined statement ahead of the Europa League game against Young Boys tomorrow and Roberto Martinez will be delighted with his comments.
“The way I play is I put my all into the game and do everything to win,” said Naismith.
“If that’s going into tackles or going up for a header when you might get hurt, then you just do it.”
“I can’t say I’ve woken up and thought ‘I’ve had enough of this’.”
Martinez will be delighted because it’s the mentality that he will want to see spread out across the rest of his Everton squad.
The comments also suggest that the forward feels he has a lot more to give and isn’t remotely thinking about the final stage of his career as he heads towards the ripe old age of being 30 (currently 28).
A consistent mentality from a player means that regardless of the match and the situation, his approach will always be the same.
That makes him a very reliable figure for Martinez and more likely to start for Everton because he promises consistency across all games.
If Naismith can set the example to the talented younger players in the Everton squad, then there are several knock on effects created.
Naismith is not the best player in terms of his technique but he’s popular with fans and his manager because of his mentality and if that rubs off on the younger players, Martinez will be one happy chap.