Everton head coach Carlo Ancelotti has waxed lyrical about Seamus Coleman, comparing the Toffees captain to some of the greatest defenders in world football.
Coleman has been a superb servant for the Goodison Park outfit over the past 11 years, clocking up a mighty 339 competitive appearances in all competitions.
The 32-year-old has missed Everton’s last three Premier League games but will be available for Saturday’s meeting with Burnley following a short layoff.
Ancelotti was impressed by Coleman’s efforts when he came off the bench to play out of position on the right of midfield in last month’s FA Cup victory over Tottenham.
The Italian compared his player to John Terry, Paolo Maldini and Sergio Ramos – Champions League-winning skippers of AC Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea respectively.
He also spoke highly of how determined Coleman is, how he’s always ready to play, and how he’s not happy to miss out on the starting XI.
“It is important for a manager to have in his squad a player who is setting the standards really high,” Ancelotti told the Everton media team.
“Seamus is an example for the others. In this sense, he is the same as John Terry, Paolo Maldini, Sergio Ramos; all great models for their teammates.
“Sometimes, you see players sitting on the bench not ready and not focused because they are not playing.
“But in that situation Seamus is a fantastic example. He is not happy if he doesn’t start but he is ready to play, even for one minute.
“Against Tottenham, he played really well with fantastic spirit and he would play with the same spirit for one minute.”
Coleman may have struggled with injuries this season and not got a tremendous amount of game time, but the qualities he brings to the fold, on and off the pitch, are exactly what Ancelotti is after and what Everton need to keep doing well.
Ancelotti has coached some of the greatest footballers in history over the years, so it’s credit to Coleman that he is mentioned alongside the likes of Terry, Maldini and Ramos.
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