Seamus Coleman set for wing-back role
Everton star Seamus Coleman could be moved to a more attacking role by Roberto Martinez
Seamus Coleman could be used in the wing-back role for Everton next season, as part of a tactical re-structure being shaped by new manager Roberto Martinez.
Assistant manager Graeme Jones, who has moved with the Spanish boss from Wigan Athletic, feels that the Irish international, along with Leighton Baines, could form a successful partnership on both flanks.
The Latics frequently used wing-backs under Martinez as part of a 3-4-3 system, and Coleman has already showed versatility, by switching from a right midfield position to right-back last season under David Moyes.
Jones told reporters: “Seamus and Leighton can be our wing-backs next season.
“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 that from a full-back role too, then we're in business."
Coleman became a more regular fixture in the Ireland team last season, after missing out on making the Euro 2012 squad, and signed a new five-and-a-half year contract last December.
Jones sees him as an attacking threat, and cited his movement as a reason for possibly changing his role.
His movement is a bit of a lesson for all strikers because he loves to penetrate in behind," he said.
“Darron Gibson gets two seconds on the ball and Seamus is the first to move, so for a boy who has only had two training sessions in five weeks, it's refreshing and really good to see. We're excited to work with him."
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