Everton striker Steven Naimsith may not have scored in Scotland’s opening Euro 2016 qualifier last night but he has proved that both domestically and internationally he is very dangerous in front of goal.
Ikechi Anya almsot grabbed the headlines last night in Dortmund. His goal would have made it a famous Scotland draw against Germany but Thomas Muller capitalised on some poor Scottish defending to win the game 2-1 in Germany’s favour.
However Steven Naismith should be feeling pleased with his performance last night. He caused problems for the world champions on a number of occasions, particularly in the second half where he manoeuvred his way past the German defence with ease before his shot to the far corner clipped the post.
He was taken down at the edge of the area when through on goal, subsequently winning a free but he would have surely tested Manuel Neuer had he remained untouched.
He’s been in a rich vein of form for Everton this season. A goal in each game against Leicester, Arsenal and Chelsea proving he is a new player this season. The 27-year-old made himself known last term but 18 substitute appearances should be improved upon this year if his current form, both domestically and internationally is anything to go by.
Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto’o may still be considered bigger stars at the club but for the Everton faithful Naismith must surely be one of the names that excites them when he’s called out in the starting XI.
He’s done enough to prove to Roberto Martinez that he can stand up to the best the Premier League has to offer, and now the best international football has to offer. The hope now is that the Toffees boss repays Naismith with consistent game time to give the Scot a chance at having a profound impact at Goodison.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.