Ah, good old Steven Naismith. Hard not to love the bloke, isn’t it?
Not since the likes of Duncan Ferguson, Everton’s former resident psychopath, had the club enjoyed someone who relished on the big occasion quite like Scotland’s Steven Naismith.
Like Ferguson, who is now a part of the club’s coaching staff, Naismith was an absolute tyrant against the so-called “big six” (he made them look silly). Of his 14 Premier League goals for the Blues, an unbelievable eight have come against Manchester City – a team Everton have consistently haunted in the past – Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.
Just look at that blonde head of his go. What a man.
When we think of Everton football club, we think of valiant giant beaters who play way beyond their grade; players that earn the love of the Blues’ loyal fan base through blood, sweat and tears. Passionate, hardworking individuals who give their all for the badge. Naismith ticks all these boxes and more, he really does.
As far as we are concerned, a perfect Everton star is someone neutrals and lovers of the game cannot help but adore. And when it came to Naismith, there was genuinely nothing we loved more than seeing a man who stayed relatively anonymous throughout the season spring up on the big stage and taking his chances against our bitter rivals, lecturing them on a thing or two about David versus Goliath.
Sadly, four years after joining Everton on a free (a FREE, goodness me – it just gets better) Naismith parted ways with the club. Norwich were the first to come knocking, but no one really cares much for the Canaries, do they? Certainly didn’t deserve Naismith, anyhow. Eight goals and two years later, he was shipped out on loan to his native Scotland, Heart of Midlothian the benefactors.
Having scored 10 goals in 19 Scottish Premiership appearances this term, and with his loan deal due to end this summer, there is every chance he could get another go south of the border.
Everton fans, what are your standout memories of Steven Naismith? Let us know in the comments below…
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