These are worrying times for Everton and manager Roberto Martinez. Fresh reports have surfaced claiming that Manchester United are extremely interested in signing star right back Seamus Coleman. The Irish international was arguably the best right-back in the Premier League last year and has been a stand out performer for a struggling manager and team.
United certainly need to sign a new right-back as they had to make do with Antonio Valencia filling in last season. Valencia, who is a natural winger, was not accustomed to the position and arguably this was on of the reasons for a shaky United defence in 2014/15. Signing Coleman could be the perfect fit for the United way of playing.
Perfect for United
Historically, Manchester United and all football fans will have been used to the fast and pacy wingers United always possessed. The likes of Ryan Giggs, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Valencia all were the same mould of player.
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They had electric pace and were able to get up and down the flanks and deliver excellent crosses for the main target men. Most famous for his crosses was David Beckham, who didn't have the pace as the others, but delivered the best cross English football has seen.
Coleman can add these qualities which United have been lacking for the last two seasons. The Irishman's offensive work is excellent and he has a tireless engine. Not only that but defensively he is one of the best in the League. United will certainly be on the hunt for Coleman and if they were to make an offer it would be difficult to see the the Everton man turn it down.
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What next for Everton?
If so, then what for Everton? Manager Roberto Martinez suffered a terrible season last year where the Toffees finished eleventh which was a major step in the wrong direction following from their excellent fifth pace finish the season before. Arguably the added game on Thursday nights in the Europa League was a burden too great for the size of the squad at Martinez's disposal.
The worrying factor is that both Coleman and star midfielder, English international Ross Barkley are both tipped to leave the club this summer with serious amounts of speculation gathering pace. Martinez already has a thin squad, and with limited resources in terms of money for transfers it is vital that they try to keep their star players.
Evermore worrying for the Toffee fans is news stating that Everton have declared their interest in signing Leeds United's right back Sam Byram, which would look to be a straight up replacement for Coleman.
Everton will need to give Martinez the money he requires to build up his squad with able bodies as arguably next season will be even more difficult than last. Without Coleman who made many important assists and scored important goals it would be devastating to lose him for the famous club.