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Everton's push for the Champions League continues this weekend with a trip to relegation-threatened Sunderland, and manager Roberto Martinez has heaped praise on right back Seamus Coleman. The Irish international converted from a right midfielder into a right back this season, and has been one of the stars of the season under Martinez, leading to the Spaniard labelling 25-year-old Coleman was 'one of the best full backs in the world'.
“Seamus is a good example of a footballer with an incredible attitude and appetite for the game. He grows month by month. He's one of the best full-backs in world football," beamed Martinez.
“I haven't done anything to coax that out of him per se. He knows his potential. He plays in a demanding position which needs you to be so good in many areas. Seamus has got all the attributes so it's just carrying on making the right decisions week in, week out and performing like he has. He influenced John Stones and young men around him," he added.
That game at the Stadium of Light this weekend looks favourable on paper, but it's a potential banana skin for the travelling Toffees, who lost to Gus Poyet's side in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day. Defender Sylvain Distin is aware of the expectations on the club ahead of their top four challenge, but says the players will not be complacent against the Wearside outfit.
"If anyone expects an easy game, they'll be wrong," said Distin. "We'll have to remain focused and positive to make sure we get three points. We're the same as usual. We're pretty confident because we know if we're all at it, we can compete against anyone.
"The Premier League is a really tough league and each week you see a result no one expected, so as a player you can't allow yourself to be overconfident. It's going to be a tough game no matter what the opponent's position or who you play. We're going to go there confident, but not overly so."
Meanwhile, boss Martinez will already be looking to the summer transfer window as he looks to strengthen his side, and whilst much depends on whether the club end up in the Champions League or not, the club are being linked with a move for Spartak Moscow forward Abdul Majeed Waris. The Ghanaian is currently on loan at Ligue 1 side Valenciennes, but nine goals in 12 games have alerted Everton, who will be looking for a replacement for Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku this summer.