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Coleman would welcome Donovan

Toffees winger would relish added competition for places

Last Updated: 08/12/10 12:44pm

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Coleman: In fine form

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Seamus Coleman would have no problem with Landon Donovan returning to Everton and challenging for his place.

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The 22-year-old Irishman has forced his way into David Moyes' plans this term, holding down a position on the right wing.

He is determined to do all he can to remain a fixture in the starting XI, even if he has to battle with more experienced stars.

United States international Donovan could be one of those placed in direct competition with him, with reports suggesting the classy playmaker could be set to return to Goodison Park for a second loan spell in January.

Coleman insists the LA Galaxy man would be a welcome addition to the Toffees fold, as they look to shake off a slow start to the season, but has made it clear that he will not merely step aside should Donovan arrive.

He said in the Liverpool Echo: "I'd be delighted to see Landon back and I'm not just saying that.

"He's a good lad, and he gave the fans a lift. But I'm going to keep working hard, and if he comes good luck to him but I'll be fighting for the place.

"If he came back it might give the team a bit of an added spark again too.

"I'd be the first to welcome him back. He was very popular among the lads and was always good to me."

Consistency

Next up for Coleman and Everton is a meeting with Wigan on Saturday and the promising midfielder hopes the Toffees can use that contest as another stepping stone following a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Chelsea last time out.

He said: "After getting that result against Chelsea we do go into the game with a lot of confidence, but also needing the win after our last home game.

"I don't think in the dressing room we ever expected sides like Wolves and West Brom to just turn up and roll over.

"Obviously they're games you look at as winning but they are tough as well.

"We need consistency now and the results to flow. Three points are a must against Wigan."

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