Steven Naismith finding his bench-warming role at Everton very tough

Steven Naismith has not made a Premier League appearance for Everton since October.

Steven Naismith has admitted to the Liverpool Echo that he has found this season tough at Everton.

Naismith has found his first-team chances at Goodison Park limited, due to the form of the Toffees’ other attacking talents.

And the Scotland international says that he is not a fan of playing a peripheral role, even if he does love watching his teammates in action.

"It's tough, it's very tough because you're not getting the chance to go out there and make a statement about trying to get back in the team," he said.

"But, on the other hand, I love going in everyday and training with this squad. It's probably the first time I've sat back and thought that I'm now one of the older guys in the team.

"We have all these young guys, they have no fear, they don't care who they are playing against and they just go and play their own game. It is amazing to see that.

"So if I'm not playing and I'm on the bench, I love watching these lads.”

Naismith has made 15 appearances for Everton this term, but he has not played a Premier League since October.

The 29-year-old showed some flashes of ability over the early part of the campaign, but he has been forced out of the team more recently.

The form of Romelu Lukaku, Arouna Kone, Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu has meant that Naismith has failed to get a look in over recent months.

Norwich City are one of the clubs said to be taking a keen interest in Naismith’s struggles to break into Everton’s team by the Liverpool Echo.

The Canaries made a failed bid to sign the forward before the season started, but they could renew their interest in January.

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