By Jack Cunningham

14th Oct, 2021 | 6:13am

Former Everton forward Steven Naismith discusses his time at the club

Former Everton striker Steven Naismith has revealed his affection for the Toffees.

Speaking to Everton TV, [via the Liverpool Echo], the former Scottish international striker went into great detail on many topics, including Roberto Martinez and his relationship with people still at the club.

It seems as if Naismith learned a lot from Martinez, which he has taken into his own coaching career, and he clearly loved his time on Merseyside.

He said: “I’ve said this many times; probably the biggest manager that I learned from was [Roberto] Martinez.

“There were so many small details that you take notes of over the years, and when you go into coaching, it’s just about passing them on and shaping a team into a way that you want to play.

“It was just fitting, from Glasgow, coming down to Liverpool. The cities are very similar, the people are very similar, and I loved the morals and the background of the club and what it stood for, and it aligned exactly with what my personal feelings were.

“It’s a special club. The people that are here are here for a reason, and they’re here long-term, and that’s why I’m still friendly with them all.”

Naismith inspired by Everton.

Despite leaving the club over five years ago, it is clear that Naismith loved his time at Goodison Park.

It is nice to hear him talk about the club in such a positive way, despite only being with the Toffees for three and a half years.

It is also interesting to hear that he picked up some tips from Martinez, and he must be applying them in his current role with Hearts as football development manager.

Naismith made 123 appearances for the Toffees in which he scored 26 goals, so he had a decent time on Merseyside, but it was certainly nothing special.

However, he clearly has a deep affection for Everton and Evertonians, and that is fantastic to see, and it just shows how a club like the Toffees can make a player feel.

As Naismith says, it is a special club, and it is good to hear him talking about it in glowing terms.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are set to receive a triple injury boost ahead of Sunday’s game.

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