Last weekend saw Everton drop points in the race for a European sport drawing at Crystal Palace. They now lie four points behind Wolves, but will certainly be majorly encouraged by their recent form. In particular, Everton have become increasingly solid in defence, not conceding in any of their last six games. This is despite coming up against Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal in that time – quite an achievement.
A player who has been consistently impressive, not only in these games, but over many years, is Seamus Coleman. The right-back arrived at Everton 10 years ago in 2009 and must represent on of the biggest bargains in Everton’s history. The defender was brought in from Sligo Rovers for just £63,000. Put that into perspective, recent acquisition Lucas Digne cost Everton £18m, nearly 300 times more expensive than Coleman.
According to Transfermarkt, Coleman is now valued at £13.5m, representing a significant profit for The Toffees. However, it’s not just the increase in valuation that is so pertinent. Coleman has now played 246 games in the Premier League for Everton, a truly impressive stat.
Throughout his time at Everton, Coleman has emerged as one of the leagues most constant players. He rarely makes a decisive mistake and is both defensively and offensively sound. Additionally, a quality that endears him most to the Everton faithful is his passion and desire for the shirt. The full-back never puts in less than maximum effort, earning him the captain’s armband while club skipper Phil Jagielka now predominantly starts on the bench.
Coleman was subject to a horrific injury in 2017 that kept him sidelined for the best part of a year. There were concerns that, on his return, he would fail to regain the form that had cemented his place in the team for so many years. While it did take some time for this to happen, Coleman is now once again one of the best full-backs in the league.
Considering his price tag and number of appearances, Coleman is perhaps one of the most profitable bargains in the last 10 years. Aged 30, he still has a while yet left in him.
What a signing he was.
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