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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Everton: How Naismith could fit into Everton's system


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On July 6, I was on holiday without any internet connection. The week before I had been reading on Twitter all possible rumors that Steven Naismith could be joining us from the defunct Glasgow Rangers. So it's fair to say that when I woke up that morning, expecting to hear joyous news on the Everton website,  I was more the slightly agitated.

However about an hour into the day I found a friend whose phone had the internet and the moment I went on the website I jumped in the year, yelled and almost subsequently peed in my pants due to the excitement.

Now, signing a player is not such a big deal, why was I so excited? Well that is because a player signed for Everton just days into the transfer window. Free transfer or not, there was room to be excited for this coming season.

Now we get on to the real point of this article. Where will Naismith play and how will he fit into the currently boring Everton system? To find this out I put on my stalker hat and watched every video interview and highlights reel I could get my hands on for Naismith and decided that he would most likely play in an off-the- striker right hand role. However as his website chat this week revealed, not as a winger but rather as a right sided midfielder who will link the midfield to the attack.


Kind of like a Steven Piennar type player, who comes deep to get the ball and then distributes it into the box in whatever way possible. And if his days at Rangers are anything to look from, this would be the perfect service for Nikica Jelavic, his old Croatian partner who he will now partner at the Toffees.

At Rangers this partnership yielded many, many goals and assists for both and I'm sure that was what was exactly going through David Moyes's head when he offered Naismith a contract. Now being signed as a winger by Moyes you must have two things which I believe Naismith does. Firstly, a great work ethic. And secondly, the ability to help out the full-back behind you defensively. These are two key attributes that any winger or really all players must have when playing under Moyes. 

Personally I think that Naismith will be an absolutely fantastic signing for Everton, if he manages to get over his injuries from the past year successfully and Moyes allows him to express himself in an attacking manner on the field.

Wishing Steven all the success at the best club in the world.

Calling all Everton fans: Do you agree with David's plans for Naismith? Where do you think his best position will be? How excited are you about his arrival? Whatever your view we'd love to hear from you.

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