Man City host Everton today with the hope of reclaiming top spot of the Premier League table.
The Cityzens will be red hot, meaning Everton right-back Séamus Coleman will need to be at the top of his game. Equally, The Toffees pose a considerable threat too, meaning Kyle Walker must also perform.
With that in mind, let’s compare these two transfers…
The then-27-year-old had spent eight years with The Lilywhites, and while it was a club in which he became one of the leading right-backs in Europe, he was growing frustrated by a number of things. Not only did he believe that his wages were well below a player of his standard, but he had grown tired of Spurs falling short. Man City was a club that could answer both of those problems.
There is no denying that his first season under manager Pep Guardiola was hugely successful. A League Cup winner, and a member of a Man City team that broke bags of records as they stormed to the Premier League, Walker proved he was worth the rather sizeable price tag.
In 32 matches, he notched 6 assists, as he became integral to City’s attack down the right flank. His great season culminated in a huge World Cup campaign for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions.
While he was expensive, and not necessarily a young signing, he was an instant success with the club. Not only this but he may still have many great years ahead of his at The Etihad. This was a very good signing indeed.
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When Everton signed Coleman from League of Ireland Premier Division outfit Sligo Rovers for £60k in 2009, very few fans would have had high hopes.
Over 250 games later for The Toffees, there is a legitimate argument that the Irishman may actually be the club’s greatest ever signing.
The right-back has established himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League, and was crowned as the Everton Players’ Player and the Fans’ Player of the Year in 2013/14, as well as being a member of the PFA Premier League Team of the Year.
For such a staggeringly cheap fee, this has to go down as one of the best deals in Premier League history.
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While Walker has already had more success at Man City than Coleman has ever had at Everton in terms of trophies, he will never be as important to City as the Irishman is to The Toffees.
City have so many good players that Walker becomes almost a drop in a bucket. On the other hand, Coleman has been a true servant at Goodison Park, and for such a small fee of £60k, there is no way that he cannot win this battle. In fact, Walker was over 800 times more expensive than Coleman- a stat like that means the Irishman has to win.