Norwich City's 'Mr Nasty' Steven Naismith will lead from the front
PUBLISHED: 09:07 14 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:07 14 January 2017
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Steven Naismith is happy to be Norwich City's 'Mr Nasty'.
Naismith’s abrasive playing style may upset friend and foe alike at times on the pitch, but such traits have carried the Scottish international a long way from his early days at Kilmarnock.
“It is something I have done my whole career since I started as a teenager to moving down to Everton with a lot higher profile players than me,” he said. “I am a winner, I want to win and I will do all I can. If me telling a player to stand where they need to be or just shouting ‘man on’ is going to make the difference I will continue to do that. It is either in your nature or not. I played with some great players who were not as vocal as others. It is whatever you think helps the team.
“We had the penalty against Southampton (last week) and with Dozzer (Graham Dorrans) being injured, Wes (Hoolahan) not on the park and a few of the boys had missed from the spot in the Leeds cup game, I was looking about and normally someone sprints to get the ball.
“No-one did that and I was just thinking Whitts (Steven Whittaker) has a great record, I am confident in him, so I told him to go and get the ball and he put it away nicely.
“I am going to speak up and say what I believe because we are all out on the park, wanting the same goal, and that is to be successful. If making a decision like that can help I will gladly do it.”
Naismith was touted with a transfer switch to Sunderland in the final days of the summer market but the Scot hopes for a quieter January window.
“There were some things happening in August but it didn’t work out for whatever reason,” he said. “The whole way through the process I was clear I will do what I can for Norwich.
“They wanted me and brought me here and I appreciated that at the time. I am just going to work hard and concentrate on playing for Norwich.
“I am happy here. I want to be playing every week, if my performances merit it. As a squad we definitely need to keep our best players to challenge to go up but the manager always has decisions to make in terms of who he wants, who he doesn’t, the lengths of contract and so on.
“It is a big month for every manager. I am sure he has his own targets. We have a decent-sized squad but to freshen up is always a positive.”