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Seamus Coleman Deservingly Crowned Everton's Player of the Season

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 15:  Seamus Coleman of Everton celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Cardiff City at Goodison Park on March 15, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Matt CheethamCorrespondent IJanuary 8, 2017

Seamus Coleman capped a distinguished individual campaign by picking up Everton Fans' and Players' Player of the Season awards.

The club announced that the Irishman held off fierce competition from the likes of Gareth Barry and James McCarthy, ending Leighton Baines' recent hold on these honours:

For the best part of five years, Everton's left has been their dominant flank.

Baines has been the Toffees' chief creator with his forward bursts a bedrock of most attacksa trait that's helped him land him five of these previous eight club awards.

Since the start of last season, however, Coleman's been bringing similar attacking gusto to the right, constantly buccaneering forward into the final third.

It's his attacking ability that's earned him such acclaim, and a newfound prolific streak has helped accentuate his impact further.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29:  Seamus Coleman of Everton scores the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on December 29, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)
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Having scored just four Premier League goals in 81 career appearances, Coleman's struck six times this season, including a run of four strikes in seven games.

Most have been valuable goals, too, earning seven points on their own—a return only Romelu Lukaku can better for the Toffees.

Among Premier League defenders, few can challenge Coleman's overall attacking production:

Coleman vs. All Premier League Defenders
Most GoalsSkrtel 7Coleman 6Baines 5
Most Chances CreatedBaines 48Coleman 45Elmohamady 42
Most Successful DribblesColeman 64Shaw 55Johnson 46
via WhoScored.com and Squawka.com

There's simply no better dribbling full-back in the English top flight; Coleman has beaten more opponents (64) than any other fellow defender this season.

Only Martin Skrtel has more goals than the right-back, and his creative tally of 45 chances is only bettered by Bainesagain, among all Premier League defenders.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03:  Seamus Coleman of Everton tackled by Paulinho of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on November 3, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Ton
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However, such attacking brilliance should not mask his defensive consistency.

This impressive attacking return has been produced while featuring in the Premier League's third-best defence. Other statistical marvels mentioned have played in considerably more porous back lines.

The right-back's awareness and anticipation have shown remarkable improvement this season, as has his positioning, while his commitment in the tackle was never in doubt.

Indeed, of the Premier League's top 40 tacklers, Coleman's success rate of 63 percent stands third best overall.

It was a perceived defensive weakness that initially kept the Irishman in midfield. David Moyes was clearly uneasy about his consistency at the back, preferring to play him further forward.

After a forgettable 2011/12 season, starting just 14 Premier League games, an injury crisis forced Moyes' hand and Coleman reverted to the right side of defence.

It took a few months to adjust and further hone his technique, but Coleman's form over the past 18 months has been as good as any full-back in the country.

He's now rightly acknowledged as Everton's standout performer of an impressive season, and the accolades haven't stopped there.

Just a few weeks ago, his peers voted him in the recent PFA Team of the Year as the Premier League's best right-back of the season.

Not a bad return from a player signed for just £60,000.


Statistics via WhoScored.com and Squawka.

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