Everton manager Roberto Martinez has hailed the footballing arrogance of Seamus Coleman.
The Goodison Park side enjoyed an excellent 3-0 win over Arsenal last Sunday and continue their push for a place in next season’s Champions League with a fixture at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon.
Coleman starred in last weekend’s victory. As well as helping his team to a clean sheet, the Killybegs native produced a couple of instances of audacious skill.
At one stage the 25-year-old emerged from the Everton defence, having won a defensive header, soloing the ball on his right foot and left. The former Sligo Rovers defender also produced an impish turn - similar to the Cryuff turn in the 1974 World Cup by Dutch legen Johan Cruyff to outmanoeuvre Santi Cazorla.
“It’s that good arrogance – the footballing arrogance,” siad 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.
Coleman has come a long way since helping his local St Catherine’s side to the Donegal League Premier Division title as a raw teenager eight years ago this week.
“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,” Martinez added.
“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.”
Everton are currently one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal in the Premier League table with a game in hand.