Monday, December 10, 2018

Seamus Coleman’s return has lifted everybody at Everton

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 2 Feb 2018

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This season has been a roller coaster ride for Everton fans. Much of the campaign has been a grind for Evertonian’s, after a summer that promised so much.

The club is in a mess and a new plan needs to be put in place in the summer. The negativity had reached fever pitch around the club, the fans do not like Sam Allardyce’s style of play, diet, haircut or his decisions in the transfer market.

However, on Wednesday night something positive happened at Goodison Park, as Everton defeated Leicester 2-1. Republic of Ireland full-back Seamus Coleman returned from a ten-month injury lay-off to the delight of Evertonian’s everywhere. His performance was superb.

Coleman is mustard

Seamus Coleman is the sort of player and guy that is hard to dislike. He is committed and gives his all on the football pitch. He is the sort of footballer that every fan wants at their club.

The Irish international is a great professional and goes about his business without causing trouble. Coleman is an all-around great person to have around the football club and more importantly in the team.

For me, he may be the Everton’s best Premier League era signing at just £60,000.

The full-back has been at Everton for a while and he seems to care about the club and the fans. That is a quality that Evertonian’s have felt a number of the current players in the squad lack. However, Seamus does not.

A positive return          

For too long, Everton fans have had very little to cheer about. However, Coleman made a very positive return in his first senior game of football for just under a year.

He looked his usual energetic self, looking as fresh at 90 minutes as he did in the first minute. Marauding up and down the right-flank like some sort of Irish fleet train.

His combination with new signing Theo Walcott looks one of the most promising seen at Everton since the days of the Leighton Baines/Steven Pienaar pairing down the left-flank. Coleman loves over-lapping and Walcott loves to cut into the centre.

A solid partnership down the right-side of the team made the world of difference. To have two very intelligent and talented players on one side of the pitch certainly seemed to help the Toffees produce a stronger display than of late.

It is early days in the Coleman/Walcott partnership. However, already they seem to have built a good understanding. If both can stay fit then it could be a decent foundation for Everton to start from to build a team from the current mess of a squad.

Everton should finish in the top ten

Everton were mooted as outsiders for a top-four spot at the start of the campaign. However, as we all know it just has not worked out that way and the Toffees have struggled for wins. The Blues are currently ninth place in the Premier League table and 1/4 to finish in the Premier League’s top-ten this season. At the minute, a top-seven finish could not completely be ruled out.

After a tough trip to Arsenal on Saturday, a game the Toffees never win, Allardyce’s side have a decent run of fixtures. If they can find form, there is no reason why they cannot finish this season in a strong manner. The return of Seamus Coleman to the Everton team could prove to be the catalyst to reigniting the Toffees Premier League campaign. It is great to have the Ireland international back and fully-fit and long may it continue.

Can Seamus Coleman’s return help revive Everton’s season?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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