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Wednesday 15 August 2012

New player factfile #14: Everton's Steven Naismith

The Scottish forward has been reunited with Nikica Jelavic at Everton

  • Steven Naismith started out at Kilmarnock, where he spent four years

  • He won back-to-back Scottish Football Writers Young Player of the Year awards

  • Naismith took his career goal tally to 200 goals during a glittering spell at Rangers

  • Naismith has been capped 15 times by his country

  • The 25-year-old has been reunited with former Gers team-mate Nikica Jelavic at Everton

In the 14th of our profiles on this season's Barclays Premier League newcomers, takes a look at the Scottish striker who has been drafted in to boost Everton's firepower.

Steven Naismith

Club: Everton
Nationality: Scottish
Position: Forward/attacking midfielder
DOB: 14/11/86  
Age: 25
Height: 5ft 10in
Transfer fee: Free
Fantasy Premier League transfer fee: £6.5m
Contracted: Until June 2016
Previous clubs: Kilmarnock (2003-07), Rangers (2007-12)
League appearances: 200 (Scottish Premier League)
League goals: 57 (Scottish Premier League)
International appearances: 15
International goals:
Honours: 2009, 2010, 2011 Scottish Premier League title winner; 2009 Scottish Cup winner; 2010, 2011, Scottish league Cup winner; 2006, 2007  Scottish Football Writers' Young Player of the Year
Nickname: Kid Goals

Profile: A versatile attacker, David Moyes will be hoping Naismith can replicate the productive partnership he struck up with Nikica Jelavic whilst they played together at Rangers. The pair scored almost 60 goals between them in less than a year and a half. The 25-year-old is tactically astute, determined and will be looking to fill the position vacated by Tim Cahill.

He says: "Everybody [at Everton] works for each other, not as individuals. They want to win as a team and be successful as a team. That's a big draw to me. I'm in that same kind of mould."

They say: "I think he is a good all-round footballer. He's a fit lad and works hard, which is a necessity at Everton. He is good in the air and has a lot of good attributes." (David Weir, Everton coach and former player)

Interesting stat: He was the most fouled player in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League.

Did you know? Naismith scored with his very first touch at international level, for Scotland Under-21s against Iceland in 2006.

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New player factfile #6: Michu
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Key Points

  • Steven Naismith made his name at Kilmarnock
  • The Scotland forward won the title three times at Rangers
  • The 25-year-old arrived on a free transfer in the summer