Everton fans take to Twitter as Seamus Coleman picks up hamstring problem
Everton’s transfer window saw them fail to sign cover at right-back.
The Toffees, now led by Rafa Benitez, have started the Premier League season unbeaten, winning two and drawing one of their first three games.
Yet as we approach match-day four of the season, Everton fans have been left extremely disappointed as Seamus Coleman has suffered an injury.
While away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, the veteran Goodison Park favourite has picked up a hamstring injury.
This was confirmed by Everton on Twitter, with many fans flocking to the replies to bemoan their club’s failure to bring in another right-back.
| Seamus Coleman has sustained a hamstring injury on international duty and returned to USM Finch Farm for treatment.— Everton (@Everton) September 6, 2021
The chances are that one of Mason Holgate or Ben Godfrey will be the man forced to deputise in Coleman’s absence, yet having no specialist right-back in reserve is far from ideal.
Sadly, this is an issue that was predictably going to happen at some point.
Coleman may have been a loyal servant for the Toffees, yet at the age of 32, and with a history of injury problems (Transfermarkt), this was inevitable.
Last season saw the ageing right-back make 25 appearances in the Premier League, missing 13 games with either one of Godfrey or Holgate having to fill in at full-back.
At times last season the Toffees even found themselves fielding four natural centre-backs, with Godfrey at left-back and Holgate at right-back.
Yet somehow, those full-back issues haven’t been addressed.
The club has had all summer to make a move and bring a deputy full-back, yet failed to do so.
The fans could all see this defensive problem coming to bite them. They would have just hoped that they might have got through more than three games before having to worry about a lack of depth at full-back.
You can read the Everton fans’ thoughts here:
We needed proper cover for him .. we are so thin squad wise it’s worrying .. just hope when the going gets tough and if we have a few injuries to key players and results don’t go our way the boo boys don’t start screaming for Rafas head— paul holman (@paulholman19) September 6, 2021
At least 5 years (Hibbert retirement) we’ve need a right back for either adequate back up for Coleman and/or to replace him and we’ve failed… again. Not surprised, but eternally disappointed.— TheEvertonGamer (@Rdjnewton85) September 6, 2021
Better get on the blower to Aurier rapid. Might not have been who we wanted, but he is better than what we have currently. 1 year with option to extend if he impresses— LJB (@LJB1878) September 6, 2021
Going to have to use Kenny, give the lad a good run of games. Godfrey is needed at CB with Mina given how useless Keane has been— AJH (@AlexHug48949202) September 6, 2021
Club captain. Nearly 33. Injury prone nowadays. Retire from international duty in order to preserve employment. Pretty simple. I can see Godfrey covering, which is a shame. Needs to be at CB.— G Lewis (@Gdawg1976) September 6, 2021
bound to happen weren’t in, we literally all knew it. hence why we were screaming out to sign a right back this window and have been for years.— Kyle (@KyIeverton) September 6, 2021
This was always going to happen, only ourselves to blame not signing a badly needed right back, in truth we’ve needed one for 3 years now— Tom Atkinson (@This_Is_Ako) September 6, 2021
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