Norwich City’s Steven Naismith can be the scourge of Chelsea second time around in the Premier League
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Steven Naismith is out to be the scourge of Chelsea for a second time this season and boost Norwich City's Premier League survival bid (KO 7:45pm).
The club's big-money January arrival plundered a hat-trick for former employers Everton in the Toffees' 3-1 Goodison Park league win over the champions back in September, and the Scottish international will be a key figure for the Canaries' on Tuesday as Alex Neil's squad look for a first Premier League win in eight in their battle to pull away from the relegation zone.
'I don't think I will need to show him the footage. He has been reminding me all week,' said Neil. 'Steven has done well in certain games in the past and the Chelsea game certainly falls into that category. He has a burning desire to do well and the qualities we need within our team. Steven is an intelligent player with good experience and both on and off the pitch you can see the influence he has had around the boys since he came in.
'He adds a lot to us and most of the stuff I had watched of him at Everton was him operating off that left-hand side of the pitch and being really effective. The hat-trick against Chelsea he played wide off the left, so that is a position he knows, he has it done regularly for Everton and Scotland and he is flexible in terms of the way he plays. It is just about getting him in positions where he can be an influence.'
Naismith scored on his Norwich debut in an eventful 5-4 Premier League defeat against Liverpool but the 29-year-old has failed to add to his tally.
'Against Liverpool he operated in the number 10 role and the difficulty I have got there is Wes (Hoolahan) has been terrific for us a lot of the time this season in that role,' said Neil. 'Steven has played every game since he came here and I expect him to get better with regular football.'