Everton’s Phil Jagielka has revealed that teammate Seamus Coleman was constantly helping him out when he returned to the side for the win over Arsenal at the weekend.
Toffees club captain Jagielka is coming towards the back end of his career, but made his fourth appearance of the season at the weekend and is unbeaten this campaign.
The 36-year-old centre-back scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory at Goodison Park over Arsenal and showed his quality defensively too.
Marco Siva’s team have now won three league games on the spin and are making a real charge for seventh position.
Jagielka has detailed that there was constant communication from right-back Coleman following his return to the team, as partnered Kurt Zouma in the heart of defence for the first time.
Coleman is another of the more experienced players at the Merseyside club and he appears to be rekindling some of his best form.
“It was the first time I’ve played with him [Kurt Zouma] but on the other side of the spectrum I’ve got Seamus, who I’ve played with a lot. He was chewing in my ear every minute [against Arsenal!” Jagielka said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“It’s perfect, it’s exactly what you want. Everyone in and around you can help you out and I feel I can help them out with my experience.”
Coleman may have had a mixed season based on his form, but he’s no doubt one of the key leaders in the dressing room still and Jagielka has explained how vocal he is on the pitch.
The Irish full-back looked like he was finished at the top level earlier in the campaign, but something appears to have clicked again for him and there may be a future for him under Silva.
He definitely needs some more competition in him for his starting position and if Everton get the chance to sign a quality full-back in the summer they shouldn’t hesitate.