Steven Naismith reveals how close he came to leaving Everton

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Naismith was on the verge of leaving the club, but played the starring role in their biggest win of the season so far.

Everton forward Steven Naismith admitted to the Liverpool Echo he was quite closing to leaving the club before the transfer window but after his performance on Saturday, Evertonians will be glad that he didn't swap Goodison Park for Carrow Road.

The Scot started the 3-1 win over Chelsea on the bench but replaced Mohamed Besic early on in the proceedings and managed to score all three of the Toffees goals to record a big early-season victory over the struggling Premier League champions. 

Naismith is quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “When you are not playing every week it is hard to look past these opportunities (to leave the club).

“But it was out of my hands because the manager said he didn’t want me to leave.

“That was nice in a way but when you’re not playing it is hard to take.

“Things can change so quickly in football, though.

“Hopefully I’ve shown my worth to the team."

Naismith has certainly shown his worth to the side. Given last season that goalscoring became a problem for Roberto Martinez's side at stages, it is welcome to see Naismith managing to find the net in very different ways, scoring different types of goals. 

It also relieves the burden from Romelu Lukaku and Arouna Kone on the goalscoring front a little and helps other members of the squad get on with what they need to do. 

Given the tricky looking fixture list that Everton had on paper at the start of the season, to have only lost one of their five games, winning two of them is a pretty good start to the season for the Toffees, and Martinez has grounds to reasonably happy, especially given the manner of their victory.

With regards to Naismith, he has done his chances no harm of becoming a more regular player in the side with this performance, and Martinez will feel vindicated in keeping hold of him. 

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