Moyes delighted with return of Coleman

David Moyes reserved plenty of praise for Seamus Coleman after Everton’s 0-0 draw at home to Swansea on Saturday.

The Republic of Ireland international has started the last two matches after a three-week absence through injury over the festive period.

With Tony Hibbert, the club’s only other recognised right-back, also following calf surgery, Moyes had been forced into shifting vice-captain Phil Jagielka to the right side of his defence.

But with Coleman now back available, Moyes believes there is more of a natural balance in the Everton side, while the 24-year-old also offers an extra attacking threat down the right side.

“Obviously Seamus offers one or two different things when he plays right-back. We’re glad to get him back,” Moyes told the club’s official website.

“He’s a very good player and he is improving. He is a young boy as far as football goes because he is pretty new into the professional scene.

“He learnt a little bit of his trade as a wide attacking player, albeit he has always been a full-back.

“He provided one or two opportunities for us [against Swansea] and maybe we should have attacked them a bit more.”

Coleman has made 87 appearances for the Toffees since arriving from Irish club Sligo Rovers for a £150,000 fee in 2009, scoring seven goals.

After an impressive 2010-11 season the player was nominated for the 2011 PFA Young Player of the Year Award.

Coleman signed a new five-and-a-half year contract with the Goodison Park club at the end of last month.

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