Seamus Coleman aims to learn from Everton FC star Leighton Baines
Seamus Coleman admits he is trying to follow the Leighton Baines blueprint for Premier League full-back play.
Coleman has played most of his career as a right-back, but has been pushed further forward into midfield in recent seasons as manager David Moyes tries to build the 23-year-old’s top flight experience. But against Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup recently Coleman reverted to right-back and was outstanding. He believes his performances are improving by taking lessons from team-mates Baines’ book. “Right-back is where I’ve played all my life other than the last two seasons,” he said.
“When I’m not playing games I am watching and I watch Bainesy and try and learn from him. “For me, he is the best left-back in England and if asked to play full-back, if I could do half as good a job as him that would be great.
“I’ve been in and around the squad now for a couple of years and I maybe haven’t had as many games as I would have liked. “But breaking into the team at Everton is hard, especially the way we are playing at the minute.
“I really enjoy right-back so hopefully I can do a job there when asked to fill-in but I will also be happy on the right of midfield if there is an opportunity.”
Baines was in action for England in last night’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine, while Coleman won his sixth cap for the Republic of Ireland – in a midfield role – in their 4-1 friendly victory over Oman. Phil Jagielka also started for England, while Steven Naismith was a late substitute for Scotland in their home draw with Macedonia. In Belgium, the hosts were held 1-1 by Croatia, where Nikica Jelavic played an hour and Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas appeared as second half substitutes.
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