Everton assistant boss Graeme Jones believes full-backs Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman have a crucial part to play in the club's future as they begin life under new manager Roberto Martinez. 

Jones, who followed Martinez from Wigan this summer, is excited by the duo who have established themselves as two of everyone's key players. 

"Seamus and Leighton can be our wing-backs next season," Jones said. 

"We used to watch them when we were at our previous club and Seamus would cross while Leighton would be at the back post in the box. 

"They're like wing-backs anyway and if they can do do that from a full-back role too then we're in business," he added. 

Coleman has been impressive since returning from his summer break, after a good performance during a 4-1 defeat of Accrington Stanley last week, and Jones is pleased with how the Irish international is applying himself. 

"His movement is a bit of a lesson for all strikers because he loves to penetrate in behind. 

"We're excited to work with him. He's a naturally fit boy so it bodes really well." 

Baines, who scored seven goals last season, has become a regular in England squad and despite much speculation about a move away from Goodison Park, Everton are determined to keep hold the the 28-year-old after they rejected a bid from Manchester United last month. 

Everton continue their pre-season preparation at Ewood Park on Saturday where they face Blackburn Rovers, before heading to San Francisco where they play Juventus. 

 

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