Seamus Coleman made an instant impact off the bench for Everton against Tottenham last week.
The Toffees captain was introduced on 61 minutes and promptly set up Gylfi Sigurdsson’s second goal of the match.
It wasn’t enough to earn all three points as a defensive mix-up involving Michael Keane and Mason Holgate allowed Harry Kane to make it 2-2.
In an exclusive interview with Everton.News, Nigel Martyn told us Coleman did something he feels Everton don’t do enough – use pace and directness to create chances.
“I thought Seamus Coleman just did something completely different when he came on against Tottenham,” said Martyn.
“Before, everything was in front of Spurs but just a simple one-two and actually threaten the space in behind.
“What a great goal that was,” he said of Sigurdsson’s second goal of the night.
“A one-two, give and go, pace and a great fizzed ball across to pick out a player and what a great finish.
“That’s just one player coming on and playing in a way which isn’t used enough these days, we don’t run off the ball enough and we try and score the perfect goal sometimes. There is no answer to it.”
Coleman is no longer a guaranteed pick for Everton, with Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate both capable of battling for his place.
The Times also reported earlier this month that the Toffees were keen on Norwich right-back Max Aarons.
He wouldn’t come cheap but he would be viewed as someone who could man the right of Everton’s defence for the next eight to ten years.
That would see Coleman phased out, but for the time being he’s still got plenty to contribute, as his cameo against Spurs demonstrated.
Nigel Martyn speaking to Everton News: Archive