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Steven Naismith | Forward

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/14/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 159

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All eyes were on John Stones, but Steven Naismith’s hat-trick proved that keeping him this summer was also a solid bit of business…
Interesting day for Steven Naismith. Started in the bench, should perhaps have been sent off for a wild swing on Branislav Ivanovich, ends up with the match ball. A hat-trick v Chelsea – a proper one too (one right foot, one left foot and a header) – is something to cherish. But rarely can one have been scored with such little resistance. First Kurt Zouma, then Ivanovich (again) were exposed for not doing enough. And was it not for Asmir Begovic Chelsea could’ve been put to bed before half-time. Roberto Martinez deserves credit for stabilising a ship that could’ve easily capsized before the season even started. Three goals from open play v Chelsea’s most defensive looking line-up of the season speaks volumes about both teams. John Stones must be grateful for his manager’s intervention right now too… Sep 14 - 9:21 AM

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Steven Naismith continued his remarkable record against Chelsea, coming on as a substitute and grabbing a hat trick as Everton were the latest to expose the Blues in a 3-1 win.

Naismith certainly carved another notch in his legend belt for the Toffees today. He came on for Muhamed Besic, who got a surprise start in a wide midfield, only eight minutes into his shift after taking damage to his ankle. Not a kind fate for Besic but it certainly spawned the moment of the match, the introduction of Naismith. Chelsea's defending is still far below title-winning caliber, and the Scottish international exposed it. The first goal came when he dropped a pass off to Brandon Galloway, then sprinted into the box to head in the return cross. Five minutes later, he struck a low drive from distance after being teed up by Ross Barkley. Chelsea would answer back but Naismith became the 6th player in PL history to record a hat trick off the bench when he put the game to bed in the 80th minute with a nutmeg goal on Asmir Begovic. Be wary of running to get him in fantasy leagues. He scored many key goals last season but Roberto Martinez doesn't seem to stick with him long.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 12 - 9:48 AM

Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw at Everton on Saturday afternoon.

Premier League champions Manchester City fell two points behind league leaders Chelsea after being held to a 1-1 draw in an entertaining match at Goodison Park.The visitors almost went behind when Romelu Lukaku had an effort saved and Seamus Coleman's shot hit the crossbar, but City took the lead 15 minutes from time when David Silva's deflected shot was glanced in by Fernandinho, a rare goal for the defensive midfielder. It felt like it would be enough to win the game, but Everton equalised within minutes when forward Steven Naismith headed in a Leighton Baines free-kick to steal a share of the points. The Toffess remain 12th, but this was a far more encouraging performance for Roberto Martinez after four straight league defeats.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 10 - 12:20 PM

Steven Naismith will serve a one-match ban during gameweek 19 for accumulation of yellow cards.

Samuel Eto'o is set to start against Newcastle and makes for a decent option considering he is rested. Naismith will likely start on New Year's Day against Hull City and will be a solid option as a part of Everton's attack. He is definitely usable in season-long formats where depth is an issue but probably shouldn't be considered in the Yahoo! Fantasy game.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 05:46:00 PM

After missing three league matches due to a hamstring issue, Steven Naismith returned to Everton's starting XI and promptly delivered a goal and an assist in the Toffee's win over QPR Monday night.

Naismith got off to a red-hot start to begin the season, scoring once in each of Everton's first three matches, but could only add another between then and this past weekend as his form dipped and then his hamstring put him on the shelf. Naismith will never be a flair pick at the forward position but he is generally undervalued in most fantasy formats. In the Yahoo game, he can also pad his numbers with some non-scoring categories that many other forwards are rarely able to do, speaking to his workman's like approach that Roberto Martinez recognizes. He may not repeat his 20 point Yahoo haul this weekend away to Southampton, but a home game against Stoke to follow after promises plenty of chances.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 10:10:00 AM

Roberto Martinez will be happy his Everton side were able to come away with all three points this weekend as his injury-ravaged squad were just able to edge out West Ham at Goodison Park.

The Toffees went into game week 12 with up to eleven players at risk or ruled out through injury while Aidan McGeady was another late omission following a bout of sickness. Leighton Baines, Steven Pienaar and Darron Gibson all failed late fitness tests but Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy were able to start the game. However the biggest surprise was the inclusion of Belgium winger Kevin Mirallas - having missed the previous two months – who managed to complete 66 minutes before his replacement Samuel Eto’o scored the winning goal. But as the game was drawing to a close, Steven Naismith overstretched for a ball causing a muscular tear – his withdrawal will almost certainly mean a spell on the sidelines although the initial assessment revealed the problem won’t "keep him out for too long."
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 03:17:00 PM

Steven Naismith scored a consolation goal as Everton lost 2-1 to Manchester United.

It's also worth noting that Leighton Baines missed a penalty right before the break that would have equalized the match. This is very concerning for Everton now as they find themselves with only six points after seven matches and just a point outside of the relegation zone. The good news for The Toffees is that the schedule gets easier, with them scheduled to face Aston Villa, Burnley, Swansea and Sunderland next.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 10:00:00 AM

For the second consecutive match to open their season, Everton let a lead slip away and had to settle for a draw, the one today with Arsenal being particularly heartbreaking as the two sides finish 2-2.

For about the first 75-80 minutes of this one, everything was going swimmingly for the Toffees. Seamus Coleman picked up where he left off last season, opening his account for Everton's first goal when he collected a lovely lob pass into the area from Gareth Barry and finished easily. Then, just before halftime, the Toffees were on the break with loads of space. It was Steven Naismith, the beneficiary of a blown offsides call, who split the defense and scored his second goal in as many games. With Ross Barkley reportedly at least a month away from returning, Naismith appears to have secured himself a spot in the XI and is beginning to raise a few eyebrows in the fantasy community. His classification as a forward makes it hard to prefer him to others at his position, but with a current (and I mean current as of this very second) price of 7.59m, he at least needs to enter one's thinking in plus matchups.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 03:08:00 PM

After a goalless first half, Everton and Fulham found their attacking feet in the second, combining for four goals, all from substitutes, but it was the Toffees who got the better of it in a 1-3 win.

A calf injury to Ross Barkley was the unexpected catalyst to get the action started, as Steven Naismith enjoyed 45 minutes of some of the best football of his life. The opening goal went as an own goal for Fulham keeper David Stockdale, but it came from a Naismith strike. Kevin Mirallas would regain the lead for Everton after the Cottagers leveled, scoring from the bench himself. Then, in the closing minutes, Leighton Baines fed Naismith for the only goal he would be credited for, but he was all over the place and could have finished with a hat trick, if not more.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014 10:29:00 AM

On his 27th birthday, Steven Naismith celebrated in style, grabbing the only goal Everton would need to defeat Chelsea 1-0 in a thriller at Goodison Park.

It was an outstanding performance from Roberto Martinez's side, particularly by newcomer Gareth Barry, who dictated the flow of the game and helped the Toffees win the battle in the middle third. Naismith's goal was lucky as it came from a header with seconds left in added time at the end of the first half, but Everton deserved the three points regardless. They stand with Merseyside rivals Liverpool as the two remaining unbeaten clubs.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 05:13:00 AM