Wednesday, 21st May, 2014

Seamus Coleman has expressed his gratitude towards Everton manager Roberto Martinez for taking his game to “another level.”

Since the arrival of Martinez at Goodsion Park at the start of the 2013/14 season, the full-back has been in great form.

The 25-year-old scored seven goals in all competitions in the recently concluded season, in addition to being a stalwart in defence.

And Coleman, who admitted that he views his playing position differently under the Spaniard, is hopeful about increasing his goalscoring tally next term.


“He introduced himself to everyone on the first day and let me know his thoughts for the season and what he thought I could do. I loved it from day one, really,” the right-back told his club’s official site.

“He told me to keep going from where I left off the last season and he would put his bits into my game. He’s done that and I have got a couple of goals this season.

“I’ve gone to another level in terms of goals. It’s something that I was missing so hopefully I can score some next season as well.

“As a full-back, your job is to defend first and foremost, but this manager likes to attack.

"In the first game of the season he got me in at half-time against Norwich and showed me a clip on the laptop of a situation where he thought I could get a goal.

“I took the chance in the game and got a goal from what he told me what I should do. From then I thought ‘he knows what he doing!’”

Coleman, who joined Everton from Sligo Rovers in 2009, has thus far amassed 143 appearances for the Merseyside club, scoring 14 times.

The defender has 21 caps for Ireland to his name and has also represented the nation at Under-21 level.

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