‘I like him’: Rafael Benitez suggests role for £70k-a-week Everton star
Everton manager Rafael Benitez has suggested that Seamus Coleman could play an important role for his side.
Benitez, 61, has arrived at Goodison Park this summer as the new Toffees boss.
First of all, he’s got the job of trying to replace popular figure Carlo Ancelotti after he decided to leave for Real Madrid. In addition, Benitez is already playing catch up with some supporters due to the fact he’s got Liverpool connections.
The Spanish manager explained in a press conference on Wednesday that he’s an admirer of Everton club captain Coleman.
He seems to suggest the 32-year-old defender may be key in the new season, so that should be a boost to the experienced Irishamn.
“Also, since I have been here, I have been talking with Seamus so many times,” Benitez said.
“He’s a very good professional. He is very helpful for me. He can be a key player. I like him as a player and as a person. He is an inspiration for everyone.”
Should Everton keep Coleman in XI?
Coleman is understandably one of the go-to figures for any new face at Everton.
The £70,000-a-week star has been on Merseyside since 2010, so he knows the club inside out.
It looks like he’s the frontrunner for the starting right-back position as it stands, but versatile defenders Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey can fill that role.
However, Everton should really be looking to sign a right-back before the window closes.
Coleman is still consistent in his work at full-back, but competition would be great with someone quicker and younger.