Steven Naismith continues to shine for Everton

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It's fair to say that John Stones is not the only player that Everton fans will be delighted their side managed to keep beyond the summer transfer window. The young centre-back continued to show his class in Everton's home win against Chelsea on Saturday, but the real plaudits on the day belonged to Steven Naismith.

The Scottish forward scored a hat-trick as Everton cruised to a 3-1 win over Chelsea. The fact that he started the game on the bench deserves a mention as it means that Naismith becomes the first Everton player since Duncan Ferguson to score three goals in a match after coming on as a substitute.

The 28-year-old came on after just nine minutes to replace midfielder Muhamed Besic, who was forced off with what looked like a hamstring problem. Naismith didn't take long to make an impact on the game as he burst through Chelsea's defence to head home a cross from Brendan Galloway in the 17th minute.


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Naismith doubled Everton's lead five minutes later as he drilled one into the far corner from 20-yards and, although the visitors got one back from a spectacular long-range strike by Nemanja Matic, their Premier League counterparts weren't to be denied as the forward completed his hat-trick with a clean shot from a tight angle.

Naismith deservedly secured the Man of the Match award after scoring the perfect hat-trick with his left foot, right foot and his head, and Everton manager Roberto Martinez was clearly impressed with his performance. 

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Brilliant Naismith

As reported by the club's official website, Martinez stated: "Steven's performance typified the effort and the character that we have at Everton.

"He hasn't been in the starting 11 and all he did was focus and be ready to take his moment. To score a perfect hat-trick against the current champions, I think that shows you a lot and I think he's the type of example that we want at Everton to the younger players. It was a real joy to see Steven enjoying that sort of performance."

The Scottish forward not only scores goals for Everton but is versatile and puts in a lot of hard work for his side both in attack and defence.

Naismith's energy and willingness is almost second to none. He troubles defenders with his pace, and his ability to get into good positions when his side are on the attack means that he's a constant threat in front of goal for the Toffees. 

It's not only his attacking displays that catch the eye, but his willingness to do almost anything for his side in whatever position he finds himself in.

Great decision 

The man who wears the No.14 was linked with a move away from Goodison Park in the summer, but Martinez was apparently keen to keep a hold of him, and it's easy to see why.

Performances like the one against Chelsea will only strengthen his claims for a place in the starting XI and if Everton are to have a better campaign this year, Martinez may want to stop relying so heavily on the likes of Romelu Lukaku.

Martinez certainly doesn't lack firepower and Naismith will be hoping that his boss gives him the chance to shine yet again.

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