Everton are undoubtedly having a disappointing season; the lack of investment off the pitch is certainly hindering their chances on it, but one bright spark to emerge from this season’s troubles has been the form of young Irish full back Seamus Coleman and the Merseyside outfit will do well to hold onto him in the summer.
Coleman can play at both right back and on the right side of midfield. Interestingly he started his career out as a central midfielder, so any club pursuing the budding young talent will be getting a player capable of slotting into various different roles with ease and his versatility is a big bonus to prospective buyers.
Of course, Coleman would be wise to stay at Everton for the foreseeable future. David Moyes has a great way of blending in young talent to the side. Wayne Rooney, during his time at the club, was gradually blooded into first-team action and while he may have hankered for more playing time, it ensured his development was aided and no overt pressure was placed on the player’s shoulders. The likes of Jack Rodwell, Victor Anichebe and James Vaughan have all flourished to varying degrees since under Moyes tutelage.
Coleman’s pace is a fantastic attribute. Think of him as Gareth Bale-light. His rampaging runs down the right hand flank have troubled full backs all over the Premier League this term and he also has a fantastic delivery on him, something Spurs fans will no doubt testify to.
At just 22 years of age, the time will come for Coleman to play on a bigger stage. Whether that will be with Everton though remains to be seen. The club currently lie in 13th position, but that relatively safe league placing masks the true precariousness of their position, with the Moyes’ charges just 3 points off the relegation zone, such is the closeness and competitiveness of this season’s league.
Coleman has started 19 of Everton’s 26 league games so far this term and has come on as a substitute in 4 others. With 5 goals across all competitions currently to his name, he is also acquiring a nice habit of finishing off as well as starting moves. He is obviously key to Moyes’s plans for the future and his pace is one of the side’s only real outlets, as they begin to rely more and more on just a few integral individuals such as Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines.
With Everton clearly a club undergoing a period of stagnation, with the purse strings tightening even further around Goodison Park, if such a thing can be believed, Coleman may represent an attractive saleable asset. The club are known to drive a hard bargain, as the massively inflated fee that Man City paid out for Joleon Lescott only serves to highlight.
At the time of the deal, Lescott was the club’s third best centre half, behind Phil Jagielka and Joseph Yobo. He was forced to play the majority of his matches out in an unfamiliar left back role, so to secure £24m for his services will serve as a precedent for any future Everton player departure that the club do not wish to sell.
While fiscal prudence is the name of the game at Everton at the moment, Coleman may find his chances of reaching the pinnacle of the game restricted. For the time being though, Everton suits Coleman down to the ground. He is getting regular first-team football and the faith shown in him by manager David Moyes deserves a degree of loyalty in return.
I have no doubt that Coleman will eventually depart from the club, whether it be in the summer or in the next few years if his current rise is anything to go by, but as Everton have shown in the past, it will be on their own terms and on their own terms alone.
What does everyone else think? Will Coleman be off in the summer?