Seamus Coleman is fit to return to the Everton side against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, leaving Roberto Martinez with the awkward issue of whether to start the right-back following a minor tissue problem.
Coleman has been one of the stand out performers for the Toffees this season, providing the back four with a good balance and creating extra width down the right hand side in attack.
“I would say Seamus is probably in the right category [to play],” Martinez told Everton’s website.
So what are the main reasons for starting him and where will he improve the side?
He’s bagged five goals in the Premier League this season, creating an additional goal threat for the opposition to worry about. His goal tally shows a good understanding of his attack role in the team, while not forgetting about his defensive duties.
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He’s not made a single error this season which has put his teammates in an awkward position. That shows consistency in defence, important against a side like Spurs who have several attacking players who can hurt Everton.
He’s up there on a par with Leighton Baines in terms of blocked crosses this season. He effectively closes out wingers, muting their influence in a game. If he does that against Spurs, it’ll help to push the play in centrally where it will be easier for Everton to contain and control.
Only Baines has won more tackles in the defence this season. Coleman is consistent and intelligent with his decision making. He knows when to dive in and try to win the ball and when to back off, allowing an opposition player to have space.
His ability to read the game is superb and it allows him to get into positions where he can intercept before the ball reaches a dangerous opponent. That’s very significant against Spurs who like to move the ball through their midfield and out wide quickly.