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Steven Naismith | Forward | #14

Team: Norwich City
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/14/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 159

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Norwich City is facing an anxious wait on the injury status of three key players ahead of Saturday's home match against Manchester City.
Manager Alex Neil confirmed that Steven Naismith, Robbie Brady and Sebastien Bassong will all face fitness tests before they can be cleared to face Manchester City while sitting one point away from leaving the relegation zone. Brady and Naismith both came away with injuries last week against Swansea City while Bassong has missed the last three matches. However, Andre Wisdom is finally fit to return after missing the last month with a lingering knee problem. Mar 12 - 3:30 AM

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Steven Naismith and Robbie Brady have had a week to forget after the pair picked up injuries at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Brady capped a truly miserable four days when he limped off after just 27 minutes against Swansea because of a problem with his calf. The Republic of Ireland international had spent most of the week undergoing dental work following a sickening clash of heads with teammate Gary O’Neil which knocked two of Brady’s teeth out and chipped another. The Canaries are on the slide and Alex Neil will need one of his star performers if Norwich have any chance of beating the drop. To compound matters further - Steven Naismith will also be assessed after picking up a knock. Meanwhile, Alex Tettey is expected to miss the remainder of the campaign after undergoing ankle surgery to repair ligaments damaged in a challenge with Chelsea left-back Kenedy on Tuesday.
Mar 6 - 9:40 AM

Steven Naismith is expected to return this weekend against Swansea City after being rested on Wednesday due to fatigue and various knocks.

The forward has recorded one goal and two assists in five Premier League starts since making the move from Everton in the winter transfer window. Naismith should get the start as a secondary forward against Swansea City, who is coming off a massive away win against Arsenal on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Gary O'Neil and Robbie Brady are expected to be available after a head-on collision on Wednesday which forced Brady to visit the dentist after losing teeth. The Canaries are hoping that Jonny Howson and Timm Klose will also be available after picking up knocks in the midweek match.
Mar 4 - 11:00 AM

Norwich City were no match for Tottenham as they left plenty of space for the visitors to operate, handing the Canaries a 0-3 loss.

After a heartbreaking defeat to Liverpool last time out, this match wasn't close and their attack not nearly as threatening. Steven Naismith, who scored on his Norwich debut, came close on 52 minutes, flicking on a cross from Matt Jarvis, but just missed wide. They looked to have scored when Hugo Lloris saved a shot later by Naismith, with the rebound put back in by Seb Bassong, but the defender was offside. The Canaries could drop into the relegation zone if Newcastle win tomorrow and, with the many signings made by the Magpies, it may be only a matter of time before Norwich are sitting in the bottom three.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 2 - 5:11 PM

Steven Naismith scored in his debut and drew a foul that gave Norwich City another goal from the penalty spot, but Liverpool managed to out-slug the Canaries in the latter stages to defeat them 4-5 at Carrow Road.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for Norwich. They gave up the opener but responded brilliantly when Dieumerci Mbokani converted a clever back heel goal to level the score. Norwich scored two more after that, as Naismith got his debut strike, running onto a Wes Hoolahan pass. He then drew a foul in the box to allow Hoolahan to convert from the spot to make it 3-1. Things began to go sour after that though. The defense turned off to allow the Reds to score just a minute later. Firmino would level the score with his second goal of the game. Then, a terrible back pass by Russell Martin allowed James Milner a 1 on 1 attempt against Declan Rudd and Milner won the battle to give Pool the lead. In injury time, Seb Bassong struck from distance to put Norwich in position to earn a draw, but Pool would break their hearts with a goal in the dying moments. Positive displays from the attack with Naismith in the mix, but clearly the defense has much to improve.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 23 - 10:11 AM

Norwich City finally has its man after officially announcing the transfer of Everton forward Steven Naismith in an £8 million move on Tuesday.

Everton and Naismith rejected a move to Norwich at the beginning of the season, but Naismith said he was swayed by how much the club wanted him. The forward had not played much for the Toffees this season with the exception of four straight Premier League starts after scoring a hat-trick as a first-half substitute against Chelsea in September. Since October, Naismith has only made one appearance as a substitute in the Premier League. But that looks to change this weekend as Norwich City face Liverpool with Naismith declaring himself ready to make his debut against his former Merseyside rivals: "I'm expecting to go straight into the training. The manager will obviously have his thoughts for the game and hopefully I'm involved in some respect."
Jan 20 - 9:56 AM

Although plagued by injuries in midfield and defense, Everton will get a boost in its attack with the return of forward Steven Naismith for the club's Boxing Day trip to Newcastle.

The Scottish international missed the club's Saturday loss to Leicester City with an ankle injury, but has been cleared to face the Magpies after taking the last week to recover. But Naismith has not seen any playing time in the Premier League since Week 9 despite making the bench in every game until last weekend. Manager Roberto Martinez confirmed Steven Pienaar and Bryan Oviedo could soon follow Naismith's return from injury as he looks to have a fully fit squad sometime around the New Year.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 02:41:00 PM

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…
Source: bbc.co.uk
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 09:21:00 AM

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
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 09:48:00 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
Sat, Jan 10, 2015 12:20:00 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