Monday 27 May 2019

'Every time you think of Everton, Seamus Coleman is the first man you think of' - Theo Walcott's praise for Irishman

Theo Walcott of Everton celebrates after his sides first goal with Seamus Coleman
Theo Walcott of Everton celebrates after his sides first goal with Seamus Coleman
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Everton forward Theo Walcott has declared that Seamus Coleman is "a dream to play with", as he continues to forge an attacking partnership with the Ireland captain in the Toffees side.

The duo have worked well in unison since they were united at Everton in January, with Walcott moving to Everton from Arsenal and Coleman making his return to action after he broke his leg playing for Ireland against Wales last year.

Walcott scored the winning goal for Everton against Newcastle on Monday night and praised Coleman for his contribution, with the experienced pair offering a real threat down the left side of the Toffee's team.

"He is a dream to play with," said Walcott of Coleman. "At times he tells you he doesn't mind being one-on-one (with an opponent) and that shows you the confidence he has defensively. It also give me freedom to attack as well. Going forward, the way you can link off him is great.

"He has played at the highest level for so long and then had that horrific injury. To come the way he has... mentally it is not easy to come back from, but you wouldn't even have thought he had that injury.

"He is a great professional, a wonderful character in the dressing room and every time you think of Everton, he is the first man you think of, I believe.”

Coleman was equally gushing in his compliments for Walcott when he spoke to The Everton Show last month: “Theo’s an exciting player, he’s very fast and gives defenders a lot to think about,” Coleman told The Everton Show,” stated the Irishman.

“That means they don’t maybe think about me as much, which can help. We’re working on it, we’re talking a lot and hopefully we can improve.

“We’ve had a couple of games where we’ve been good together and a couple where we’ve been a little more quiet and that’s going to be the case because we haven’t played together that much, but we’re getting there.”

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