Coleman hails Baines influence
Seamus Coleman is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Leighton Baines and establish himself as an Everton full-back.
Last Updated: 12/09/12 9:52am
Seamus Coleman says he is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Leighton Baines and establish himself as an Everton full-back.
The 23-year-old started his career at right-back but has played most of his games for the Toffees in a wide midfield role.
He has struggled to break into the starting XI at the start of this season but gave an accomplished display at right-back during the 5-0 victory over Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup recently.
Coleman admits that holding down a place in the team will be hard, but he believes learning from Baines can only improve his chances.
"Right-back is where I've played all my life other than the last two seasons," Coleman told the Liverpool Echo.
"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."