When you are the manager of a team that is not able to defeat the club which is located in the last spot of the league, this is not a good sign and this is exactly what happened with Everton and Roberto Martinez after his players had to settle with a 2-2 draw against Leicester City.
Everton is not only competing in the Premier League but also in the UEFA Europa League and Everton’s Steven Naismith has stated that competing in different competitions can take a toll in any squad but they can’t use it as an excuse.
Steven Naismith joined Everton back in July of 2012 and ever since then, the Scottish midfielder has turned into one of the most consistent players of the squad and it comes to no surprise as to why he has made over 30 league appearances for the Premier League club since arriving to Goodison Park.
Even with the challenges that await Everton in the UEFA Europa League, Naismith only considers it to be another match and it can’t be an excuse for the team to drop points or start getting out of focus.
“When you’ve worked so hard to get into Europe, that’s the next level and you’ve got to be capable of doing it. It’s just an extra game, and it’s there for anybody to see.That’s what taking Everton to the next level is about, and we need to get used to it.’’ Steven Naismith said.
There have been a number of instances when a club tries to perform at a very high level in a certain competition and then just doesn’t try as much when it comes to perform in their own domestic league or anything else and this is what Naismith wants to avoid with Everton as the club doesn’t want to lose their grip in the Premier League and stop dropping points so consistently.