Currently teetering perilously just above the drop-zone, leaking goals at an alarming rate and without a permanent manager in place, Everton could really use a defender and leader like Seamus Coleman on the pitch.
Unfortunately for the Merseyside outfit, Coleman remains sidelined by the leg injury he suffered thanks to a horrendous Neil Taylor tackle during the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup Qualifier against Wales at the Aviva Stadium in March.
Thus, for now, the club must be satisfied with whatever the Irishman can offer to his teammates off the pitch, in the locker room and from the sidelines. According to Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye though, Coleman remains a very influential character even in this reduced role.
“We have strong leaders like Phil Jagielka, Wayne Rooney and Seamus Coleman,” Gueye told the Liverpool Echo recently. “Seamus can shout every time – that’s the truth. But we need it.”
“Seamus is the best example. He has great spirit even though he doesn’t play. He comes in every game into the dressing room and tries to talk to everyone.”
“Like on Thursday. He is with the team every time and we need this spirit. You can hear his shouting!”
Everton need more than just vocals and spirit, however. The Toffees took a humbling 5-1 hammering from Italian side Atalanta in a Europa League game at Goodison Park on Thursday and that was swiftly followed by a 4-1 Premier League trouncing away to Southampton. Those 9 goals mean that Everton have now conceded 32 times in the 13 competitive games since they last managed to keep a clean sheet back in September.
The sooner that the club gets in a new permanent manager the better.
Over the weekend, it looked as though Coleman might be joined at Everton by his countryman and current Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill, as the bookies had reduced the Derry man to odds-on to be the club’s next manager. O’Neill has since drifted in the market, however.
Coleman returned to training with Everton in August and it is hoped that he will be back in the thick of the action sometime next month or early in the new year.