Saturday 24 February 2018

Roberto Martinez salutes Seamus Coleman 'arrogance'

Seamus Coleman has been hailed by Everton manager Roberto Martinez as one of the best full-backs in the world
Seamus Coleman has been hailed by Everton manager Roberto Martinez as one of the best full-backs in the world
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hailed the "footballing arrogance" of Seamus Coleman and declared the Donegal lad one of the top full-backs in the world.

Coleman was in sensational form in Everton's weekend drubbing of Arsenal, outfoxing Santi Cazorla with one audacious nutmeg and delighting the Goodison Park with a cheeky run from defence where he soloed the ball several times before progressing.

Martinez says it is typical of the League of Ireland graduate's confidence and increasing desire to express himself on the pitch.

"It's that good arrogance – the footballing arrogance," claims Martinez.

"You can't teach that. Seamus has had that for a long, long time – being able to express himself like that on top of all his duties and the responsible things he has to do for the team.

"Seamus is a good example of a footballer with an incredible attitude and appetite for the game. He grows month by month. He's one of the best full-backs in world football."

The 25-year-old has a natural instinct from a defensive berth which was apparent in his formative days at Sligo Rovers who found the future Ireland international by chance on a friendly trip to his native Killybegs. He initially broke through with Everton as a right-winger, but has improved defensively this season.

Nevertheless, Martinez insists that he is not due any credit, simply claiming that Coleman is merely delivering on the potential that always existed.

"I haven't done anything to coax that out of him per se. He knows his potential. He plays in a demanding position which requires you to be so good in many areas.

"Seamus has got all the attributes so it's just a case of carrying on making the right decisions week in, week out and performing like he has."

Here is an examples of Coleman's growing confidence from last Sunday's 3-0 win over Arsenal:


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