Everton 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Analysing the Rise of Seamus Coleman

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterDecember 9, 2012

READING, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:   Seamus Coleman of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Reading and Everton at Madejski Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Reading, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Seamus Coleman is a young footballer who doesn't get much credit.

He joined Everton from Irish side Sligo Rovers in 2009 for just £150,000 and worked hard in the reserves and on loan to earn his place (via SkySports).

With the right-back position up for grabs considering the age and durability of Tony Hibbert and Phil Neville, Coleman has come into his own this season, making 11 English Premier League appearances and stamping his authority on the spot.

On Sunday, Coleman delivered a lovely cross from the right for Steven Pienaar to head home—a just reward for his endeavours all afternoon.



Coleman is a prototypical modern fullback—he's got pace, power, determination and skill.

In David Moyes' 4-4-1-1, attacking fullbacks are encouraged as the team switch play quickly and carry the ball forward.

The Irishman has very much found a home at Goodison Park, as the system allows him to show off his physical prowess, as well as his technical attributes.

Just over one in four crosses land on a teammate's head—a shade worse than Leighton Baines' Europe-high one in three—as he brings the old-school back to wing play in blue.


Against Spurs

On Sunday, when the Toffees edged out Spurs 2-1, Coleman was a veritable option down the right-hand side.

He received more passes than Baines, giving Moyes' side good variety and stopping Andre Villas-Boas from organising double or even triple-marking on Everton's left.

His assist for Pienaar's equaliser was a perfect cross, stood up for the winger to get on the end of, while he also displayed his ability to put in low fizzers earlier in the game.

He was a constant outlet as he broke into space and gave Jan Vertonghen a very tough time.



Coleman is by no means verging on becoming Everton's most dangerous weapon, but it is probably time to give him a little more respect.

Counterbalancing wide threats is an effective way to avoid them being nullified, and the emergence of this Irishman not only helps himself, but it also helps Baines, Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas free themselves up.