Everton star: I’m having the best season of my career

Steven Naismith has picked out the positives from an inconsistent Everton campaign.

Versatile Everton star Steven Naismith has told reporters for the Daily Mail that in spite of an inconsistent club campaign on a personal note he is having the best season of his career.

The 28-year-old joined the Toffees from Rangers in 2012 and spent the first two seasons at the club participating mainly as a squad player, with starts few and far between.

This season, however, Roberto Martinez has selected the Scot to start a total of 26 matches in all competitions, and in a variety of positions along the front-line.

When quizzed on where this ranks among his best ever campaigns, Naismith told reporters that his involvement has meant it is undoubtedly right up there at the top.

“For Everton, definitely. It is one I have enjoyed - I've played in more games than I have in any other season here,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

“I probably feel much more confident and comfortable in the roles that I'm playing in, which helps me. Personally I'm happy.”

Despite Naismith’s delight at contributing more regularly, he was clear to stress that it is very much a team game and felt the club’s inconsistent form needs correcting.

“It's a team game and I'm not happy with where we are in the league. I think our biggest problem this season has been individual mistakes,” he added.

“It's not that we are a bad team - we have played well in parts, but we have just shot ourselves in the foot at bad times in games. But we have still got time to rectify that.”

  GoalsShotsKey PassesAccurate PassesBall RecoveriesAppearancesMins Played
Steven Naismith 6 31 24 654 90 22 1,810

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Naismith has been a solid attacking outlet for Roberto Martinez’s men for much of the season, though perhaps he could chip in with a few more goals.

In total, he has found the net six times in 22 Premier League appearances while also creating 24 chances for his teammates via key passes.

Yet, arguably the biggest aspect of his game which will please Spanish boss Martinez is his work rate and willingness to defend from the front – illustrated by his 90 ball recoveries over the campaign.

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