Thursday 29 September 2016

Phil Neville pays Seamus Coleman a huge compliment with Luis Suarez comparison

Published 17/09/2016 | 15:10

Seamus Coleman, pictured, was a bargain buy for then Everton manager David Moyes
Seamus Coleman, pictured, was a bargain buy for then Everton manager David Moyes

Former Manchester United and Everton star Phil Neville has paid Ireland's Seamus Coleman a serious compliment.

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Neville, who played alongside Coleman at Goodison Park, praised the Killybegs native for the sheer determination he has shown to become one of the best right-backs in the Premier League and captain of his country.

In Graham Hunter's 'The Big Interview' podcast, Neville discussed the attributes needed to become a top player in the modern game and used Coleman as an example to follow along with Luis Suarex and Alexis Sanchez.

"Because there are not that many, you can actually pick out those ones that you think, 'Those are street footballers. They've come up the hard way. They've actually done it.' And I use the example at Everton of Seamus Coleman.

"Seamus Coleman played for a team in Ireland (Sligo Rovers), £60,000 bought, didn't go through the academy system.

"Scruffy tracksuit, say - not matching.  No flashy trainers. Came in, he had hunger. He would run through that brick wall.

"And did he have the best ability at the start? No. But he had more determination.

"Now? Probably one of the best full-backs in the Premier League. Now captaining Republic of Ireland in the European Championships.

"He had the hunger. And Suarez has it. Sanchez at Arsenal."

High praise indeed.

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