With the January transfer window now wide open,the eyes of the world remain focused on the pressured Manchester United manager David Moyes and his transfer plans, leading to the Red Devils being linked with a whole host of players including Everton full-back Leighton Baines.
Marouane Fellaini already made his way to Old Trafford, with Baines widely tipped to follow his former team-mate to Old Trafford. Fellaini is a good player, as is Baines, but there are other alternatives and closer than expected, with in my view another current Everton player who Moyes should look to recruit.
Having played Ireland's Gaelic football for most of his life, Seamus Coleman of Everton only took a serious interest in football at the age of 18 when he received an offer from Sligo Rovers.
Seamus Coleman, joined Everton in 2009 from Sligo Rovers for just £150,000 and he burst on to the scene making his debut with a man-of-the-match substitute appearance against Tottenham Hotspur.
Coleman has quickly established himself as an Everton regular, is ever-present in the Toffees line-up and not only can he defend but can also chip in with vital goals when required.
This season especially we have seen the best of Coleman, with the young Irishman scoring five times so far this term, whilst chipping in with one assist. The Everton back-line have a very consistent record with nine clean sheets and Coleman is a major part of that success.
Rafael currently stands as Manchester United's only capable right-back, with Antonio Valencia able to cover, although definitely not effectively. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones aren't particularly cut out for that position so it definitely leaves them short.
Everton paid next-to-nothing for Coleman, although wouldn't really charge a lot to sell him, it could turn out to be a great bit of business for Moyes and United.
Coleman would do much more than provide cover for Rafael, he would be genuine competition for the young Brazilian, and might even be better than him. He is well known by manager Moyes, and I imagine he would love to star under him once again.
United have a strong tradition of harnessing Irish talent successfully and Coleman would be odds-on to follow that lead.
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