Toffees considering new wing-back role for Coleman
Everton assistant manager Graeme Jones has hailed Seamus Coleman as one of the stars of pre-season under new boss Roberto Martinez, and suggested a tactical switch which could see the Donegal star operate at wing-back this term.
Martinez often favoured the use of wing-backs at Wigan, and Jones indicated that Coleman and Leighton Baines could operate in this role for the Toffees this season, although they could also feature in a more traditional back-four.
Under David Moyes, Coleman broke into the team at right-wing before eventually being trusted to drop back to right-full, a development which led to his belated breakthrough into Giovanni Trapattoni's starting XI as a defender.
"Seamus and Leighton can be our wing-backs next season," said Jones. "We used to watch them when we were at our previous club, and Seamus would cross while Leighton would be at the back post in the box.
"They're like wing-backs anyway and if they can do that from a full-back role too, then we're in business."
Former Sligo Rovers star Coleman has made a good impression since his return from the summer break, and Jones thinks the club's frontmen could learn a thing or two from his clever runs.
"His movement is a bit of a lesson for all strikers because he loves to penetrate in behind," he said.
"Darron Gibson gets two seconds on the ball and Seamus is the first to move, so for a boy who has only had two training sessions in five weeks, it's refreshing and really good to see. We're excited to work with him."