Whilst the eyes of the world focus on new Manchester United manager David Moyes and his transfer plans, the names of two of his former Everton players keep on cropping up in the papers.
Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines are both excellent players who could well do a job for United, especially given they both play in positions that the club are looking to strengthen but there’s another current Everton player who Moyes should look to recruit.
Seamus Coleman joined Everton in 2009 from Sligo Rovers in his native Ireland for the nominal fee of £150,000 and, after a nearly career ending injury lay-off in which Coleman almost lost a toe, burst on to the scene making his debut with a man-of-the-match substitute appearance against Tottenham Hotspur.
Coleman quickly established himself as a buccaneering full-back, always looking to overlap his winger and put the opposition on the back foot with a gritty determination and ferocity in the tackle.
Since that breakthrough the Republic of Ireland international has become the Toffees first choice full-back and has developed a maturity in his game along with improved defensive awareness to compliment his natural attacking abilities.
Off the field Coleman comes across as the down-to-earth kind of character you’d expect from someone from a small town in County Donegal.
Having played Gaelic football for most of his life, Coleman only took a serious interest in football aged 18 when he received an offer from Sligo Rovers and has relied on hard work and commitment to make up for the lack of an academy style footballing education.
Whilst Rafael had an excellent season making 38 appearances in all competitions, firmly establishing himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet at Old Trafford one thing he lacked was genuine competition.
Over the course of the season Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and even Antonio Valencia have filled in at right-back although none of them could be considered a true right-back.
Looking forward to next season both Jones and Smalling will be looking to get more of their games in the heart of the defence and Valencia will hope not to be called on to cover in defence too often.
Whilst Fabio is due to return from his loan spell at QPR and could be used for cover at right-back, don’t forget he actually ousted his twin to start the 2011 Champions League final, he will be looking to take advantage of Patrice Evra’s decline and possible exit from the club.
Coleman would do more than just provide cover for Rafael, he would be genuine competition and given the intense competitive nature of both characters it could prove to be a situation that will get the best out of both players.
United have a strong tradition of successful Irish players (Liam Miller excluded) and Coleman would be odds-on to follow that lead.
Having cost Everton next-to-nothing he would be unlikely to command a large transfer fee and could turn out to be a great bit of business for Moyes and United.
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