Moyes - Coleman can do a Bale
David Moyes believes Seamus Coleman can make a similar impact to man of the moment Gareth Bale.
Last Updated: 05/11/10 2:17pm
Everton manager David Moyes believes Seamus Coleman can make a similar impact to man of the moment Gareth Bale.
Bale is dominating the headlines after two world-class performances against Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League, playing on the left wing rather than his original position of left-back.
Coleman has been pushed into a more attacking role on the right flank this season, rather than his natural full-back role, and is set to feature against Blackpool in the Premier League on Saturday.
The 22-year-old Irishman had a spell on loan with the Tangerines last term, playing in nine league games as Ian Holloway's men earned promotion via the play-offs.
Moyes said: "Seamus has done great. He is getting games for us now, albeit probably not in his right position.
"We have played him wide on the right when he is a right-back.
"But the experience he is getting - there is a similarity to Gareth Bale. Bale is playing wide left but is really a left-back.
"It is getting him the games, there is a lot of competition at right-back here.
"I think it has been good for his development and in time when he does step back, hopefully he will have learned from it."
Moyes believes his spell at Bloomfield Road was of great benefit to Coleman and the Toffees boss hopes he can get back to his best after a recent dip.
"Blackpool played a big part in his development because he went there and played in a team which was successful," he added. "He went right through to the (play-off) final.
"He has done fine but he has just had a little dip in the last week or two and we will need to assess exactly where we think he is."
On Blackpool's chances in the top-flight this season, Moyes remarked: "They were written off last season, that they would get relegated from the Championship.
"So to actually say they have the same number of points as us in the Premier League, it is an incredible achievement.
"I admire Olly for the way he has changed the style of his team, I think it is fantastic.
"He has to work to a really tight budget, so he has to look at a different market to everyone else.
"Sometimes you would like it not to be the money that matters. Maybe in the end it will be, maybe in the end the quality shines through.
"But at this moment in time he is making a mockery of (the belief that) people have to be on a massive amount of wages, that you have to sign real big players to be successful in the Premier League."