JOHN BARTON knows exactly what it will take for Seamus Coleman to make a success.
Because he trod a similar career path.
Barton was a swashbuckling right-back who made the leap from non-league Worcester City to top flight football in 1979. A breath of fresh air when he burst onto the Goodison scene - after just three appearances no less an authority than Colin Todd was already predicting an international future - it was only a cruel leg break which curtailed his Everton career.
Coleman has made similar strides. Just as comfortable going forward, he has seamlessly made the transition from Sligo Rovers to top flight football and this week sat on the Republic of Ireland substitutes' bench during their international friendly against Norway.
Barton was back at Goodison Park this week, almost 30 years after his promising Blues career had ended, as a guest at the Everton Former Players' Foundation anniversary dinner.
But he is still involved in football and predicted a bright future for his modern day counterpart.
'I've seen him a couple of times when he was on-loan at Blackpool and he looks a good player who certainly likes to get forward,' he declared.