Everton striker Steven Naismith has told the Liverpool Echo that manager Roberto Martinez knows exactly what he brings to the table for the club.
Naismith looks as though he could find opportunities difficult to come by over the course of the season, but he’s explained that he understands the culture of competition that Martinez is trying to create at the club.
“The manager knows what I can do and bring to the team but the manager also wants to improve and bring competition to the squad and that is probably one of the biggest things from last season,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“It is normal and sensible for a manager to want to bring in competition for places.”
What does Naismith offer to Everton?
He’s a reliable and experience option to have at the top of the attack, in behind the main striker or off to either side of the main striker.
He has a very good relationship with the other options in Everton’s attack and does a lot of work off the ball, with a discipline which doesn’t always come from the club’s other players.
If Martinez needs someone he can rely on and someone he knows will do a specific job up front without complaining, Naismith is his man.
The situation he has to accept
What Naismith has to accept is that he’s not going to be the main striker this season, with Romelu Lukaku showing in the last game why he’s so effective as the main centre forward.
However, as is his way, he won’t complain and will work around that idea for as long as Martinez wants him.