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Coleman is the most improved player in the league
Coleman is the most improved player in the league.

6. Seamus Coleman

Everton are probably going to miss out on Champions League football this season, but many fans will see it as a successful first campaign under Roberto Martinez because of the style of football he has produced.

Seamus Coleman has been impressing for some time at right-back but it appears as if something has really clicked this season, as he has become a more potent force going forward.

A few goals are always a bonus, but it is the timing and incisiveness of his late runs that have stood, in a similar vein to Dani Alves, if not at the same level. However, this has not compromised his defensive effectiveness and one of the hallmarks of Everton's success has been their defence (joined third fewest goals conceded), of which Coleman has been an integral part.

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