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Everton struck gold on cult hero Seamus Coleman

Everton were shrewd operators under David Moyes in the transfer market, marking a stark contrast from the free-spending start of Farhad Moshiri’s reign.

One of the few reminders of the Scotsman’s solid era is Seamus Coleman, who was once one of the best full-backs in the league.

Signed for just £60k back in 2009, the full-back has spent 13 impressive years at Goodison Park and understandably earned the title bestowed upon him by the Everton writers at The Athletic, a “hero”.

The current club captain, he has featured 387 times for the Toffees, scoring 27 and assisting 33. Many would argue that he should have been replaced within the last few years, but despite being 33 years old now, he still often deputises to great effect.

With Nathan Patterson supposedly out for the coming weeks, after his performance against Southampton, few would worry about the prospect of another spell with him in the side.

He earned a 7.1 SofaScore rating on the south coast, producing two tackles and also blocking two shots, showing that he still has what it takes at this level.

The Ireland international will likely be remembered best for his and Leighton Baines’ 2013/14 season under Roberto Martinez, where many would argue they were the best full-back pairing in the league.

In a season where they finished fifth, Coleman scored six goals from right-back whilst Baines scored five and assisted four.

They were integral to that short burst of success, and many Evertonians would argue that these two figures have the right to feel the most aggrieved to leave Goodison Park without having won a single trophy.

Although he was valued much higher during the prime of his career, his current CIES Football Observatory rating of €3m (£2.6m) still marks a 4233% increase from his initial fee. At his age, he still remains a phenomenal player and person to have around the club.

Transfermarkt noted his value at £17.1m in 2016, the peak of his career.

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He is so well thought of that Frank Lampard labelled him “one of the best people I’ve ever met as a man and as a player”. High praise from someone who has been around some of the very greatest the sport has ever seen.

The £70k-per-week stalwart will forever be remembered with a legendary status on Merseyside for his contribution to Everton, and fans and players alike will be hoping they can deliver a trophy in what is likely to be his last few seasons.

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