Four Everton stars who face a fight for game time this season; featuring Gibson and Naismith

Darron Gibson, Steven Pienaar, Aiden McGeady and Steven Naismith all face a fight to get into Roberto Martinez's first team this season.

With the summer transfer window now done and dusted, managers and players alike know where they stand until January.

Everton were quiet throughout the window after signing Gerard Deulofeu and Tom Cleverley early on, with sections of the fan base voicing their discontent.

However, despite the lack of activity, new faces were brought in, pushing others further down the pecking order at Goodison Park.

We decided to take a look at four Everton players who will have to up their game to be first-team regulars this season and beyond.

Darron Gibson

When he’s fit, the Irishman can be a key player for the Toffees, as his performances showed last season, but keeping him fit is the problem.

With James McCarthy and Gareth Barry currently a solid central midfield partnership, as well as Cleverley pushing for a central role, and Muhamed Besic one for the future, Gibson faces a fight to see football. If he stays fit, though, he could fight his way in. That, however, is unlikely.

Steven Pienaar

Another one who struggles with injuries, Pienaar can be a key player for the Blues when fit, but that is not a regular occurrence.

His partnership with Leighton Baines on Everton’s left has been a key component of the side for many years, but with Roberto Martinez now having a number of wingers at his disposal, it is hard to see the South African playing anything more than a bit-part role even when fit.

Aiden McGeady

With Roberto Martinez adding both Deulofeu and Aaron Lennon to his ranks this summer, Aiden McGeady has been pushed further down the pecking order.

The former Celtic man has failed to impress at Goodison Park, often bearing the brunt of the Evertonian’s ire with some poor displays. There were whispers that he could move on during the recent transfer window, as reported by the Herald Scotland, and he will struggle to get first team action this season.

Steven Naismith

Although generally appreciated by the Everton faithful for his hard work and eye for a goal, Naismith finds himself third choice at the club.

Romelu Lukaku is the obvious first choice, and with Arouna Kone coming back to full fitness this season and impressing, Naismith is struggling to get anything but substitute appearances under his belt. The club also added another forward, Leandro Rodriguez, to their ranks in the summer to increase his competition.

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