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Coleman praises 'absolutely immense' 32-year-old Everton man for his performance vs Manchester United
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Coleman praises 'absolutely immense' 32-year-old Everton man for his performance vs Manchester United

Everton captain Seamus Coleman has paid tribute to Fabian Delph’s performance against Manchester United upon his return to the side.

Delph returned to the Toffees starting line-up after four months out through injury in Saturday’s priceless 1-0 win against the Red Devils at Goodison Park.

The former Manchester City man slotted into Frank Lampard’s midfield engine room and produced an all-action display which brought greater protection to a vulnerable backline as well as calmness in possession.

The 32-year-old made six clearances and three successful tackles, while his 80-per-cent pass completion rate was the best of any Everton who started the game.

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Coleman reserved special praise for Everton’s number eight, who earned the plaudits of his manager, as well as his midfield teammates Allan and Alex Iwobi, who he felt were integral in the win against Ralf Rangnick’s side.

Speaking via the club’s website, the Republic of Ireland international said: “Fabian came in and was absolutely immense. 

“He’s a top, top player. We’ve seen that over the course of his Premier League career. When you’ve got him on the pitch, you just feel that little bit more confident. He’s got experience and he’s got a massive voice – and just the way he plays, he’s very comfortable on the ball. 

“Allan, too, was very important, coming in after his suspension and bringing that experience. 

“And Alex Iwobi has been fantastic for us recently. He’s another one who has had his tough times, but he has kept his head down and kept working hard.”

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Everton’s number 23 also spoke in glowing terms about Saturday’s matchwinner Anthony Gordon.

The academy graduate’s 27th-minute strike which deflected off Harry Maguire could prove to be the turning point in Everton’s fight for Premier League survival.

Coleman added: “I tell Anthony all the time, ‘When you do the other side of the game, the horrible stuff, the hard work, you sometimes get the luck you deserve’. “He got that [with his goal]. 

“His attitude has been fantastic. He just needs to keep going and keep building. 

“We’re very proud of him.”

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