What The Papers Say - 4 February
Naismith, McGeady and Rodwell mentioned in Tuesday's papers.
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In Tuesday’s Liverpool Echo, Roberto Martinez says Steven Naismith showed against Aston Villa that he can make a significant impact when utilised in a central striking role.
The Scot has been primarily deployed out wide since joining from Rangers in the summer of 2012 but the Toffees manager says the composure he showed to finish past Brad Guzan for the equaliser on Saturday is evidence that he is a ‘natural number nine’.
Another attack-minded Blue who started his career north of the border, Aiden McGeady, is also quoted in the Echo. The winger made his first Premier League start at the weekend and he is confident that he’ll soon be up to full speed with the pace of the Premier League.
The Echo also reports on Phil Jagielka’s visit to Everton Free School last week and notes that Mark Clattenburg has been appointed as the referee for Sunday’s trip to White Hart Lane.
In the national papers, The Times reports that Everton were close to agreeing a deadline day loan deal for Jack Rodwell to return to Goodison Park from Manchester City, only for the move to collapse when Manuel Pellegrini failed to recruit Porto midfielder Fernando.
The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, claims that Swansea will attempt to lure Everton assistant boss Graeme Jones back to the Liberty Stadium as manager, should Michael Laudrup leave his position. Jones was number two to Martinez during the Spaniard’s reign in south Wales between 2007 and 2009.