Graeme Sharp is delighted to see compatriot Steven Naismith riding high in the Premier League scoring charts this season.
But while Naismith has won over Everton FC fans after a difficult start to his Goodison career, Sharp believes there is one aspect of his game which is still overlooked.
“People forget about his aerial abilities but being a centre-forward myself it’s something I’ve always recognised,” said the Goodison legend.
“If I was playing alongside Steven Naismith I would know for a fact he is going to win his flick ons nine times out of 10 because his aerial ability is fantastic.
Steven Naimsith battles against Nemanja Matic during Everton v Chelsea
“Sometimes it infuriates me when I see him going for headers and I know he’s going to win it and nobody reacts to it. He’s been excellent and he thoroughly deserves the credit he’s getting at this moment in time.
“The other day when the fans sang his name will have done him loads of good as well.
“I’ve never had any doubts he was a decent quality player and I’m pleased to see him doing well.”
Naismith has scored in each of the Blues opening three games this season.
Only Chelsea’s £32m hit man Diego Costa has scored more – and Sharp added: “I think he’s been fabulous from day one.
“He wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea when he arrived and supporters didn’t really take to him but I’ve said time and time again his workrate and his commitment was exceptional.
“He’s probably a player’s player and some supporters didn’t recognise what he did. But I’m delighted for him now. He’s playing really really well and he’s on fire in front of goal. His finishing is excellent.
“He is a real threat.”
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