Everton's Coleman v Newcastle's Janmaat: Who's superior?

Seamus Coleman for Republic of Ireland

How the two right-backs compare this season ahead of the weekend's clash.

Seamus Coleman v Daryl Janmaat: Head to Head: : 20150313

Two of the Premier League’s leading right-backs are set to face off at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon, when Seamus Coleman’s Everton host Daryl Janmaat’s Newcastle United.

Seven points separate 14th-placed Everton from Newcastle in 11th with 10 top-flight games left, but Roberto Martinez’s side also sit just six points above the relegation zone amid what’s been a testing league campaign.

The Toffees have had better success in Europe, however, and go into the match fresh off a 2-1 victory in the home leg of their Europa League last-16 tie with Dynamo Kiev, in which Coleman was able to showcase his clear attacking nous.

It’s been somewhat of a down season so far for the Irishman, who has not quite been able to hit the heights of the previous campaign which saw him scoop the club’s Players' Player and Supporters' Player of the Year awards, leading compatriot and former Manchester United defender Denis Irwin to suggest in the Irish Times that now might be time to move on - perhaps to Old Trafford.

Janmaat himself was linked with a move to United in the summer, per the Mail, after proving an ever-present in Louis van Gaal's Netherland's side which made the World Cup semi-finals, but the then-Feyenoord star was not on his former manager's transfer radar once he'd swapped international football for the Premier League.

Their loss has proved Newcastle's gain, however, as, after a £5 million switch, the Dutchman has since looked a snippet at that price, recording an impressive six assists to trail just Coleman's teammate Leighton Baines [eight] among top-flight defenders.

  PositionTeamGoalsAssistsTotal Key PassesPassing AccuracyTotal Crosses GAMETotal Tackles GAMEInterceptions GAMETotal Dribbles GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Seamus Coleman DF Everton 2 2 25 85% 2.56 1.72 1.12 2.84 25 2,165
Daryl Janmaat DF Newcastle 1 6 22 75% 3.46 2.71 2.11 1.5 28 2,474

Coleman himself has grabbed just two from his 25 games, but the former Sligo Rovers man has managed to create more chances in fewer minutes on the pitch, while also proving a much more accurate passer than his counterpart.

Furthermore, he also attempts more dribbles per game than Janmaat, although the Newcastle stalwart has him beat when it comes to crosses, tackles and interceptions.

Having turned 26 in October, Coleman is nine months older than his rival and, given Janmaat's superior production both in the assists column and defence, one might be inclined to suggest that the Magpies will take to the pitch on the afternoon with the superior, or at least more in-form, defender in their line-up.

That said, it's tough to give a definitive answer when both bring their own clear qualities to their respective teams.

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