As we know, Seamus Coleman is arguably one of the greatest prodigies to come out of the League of Ireland. The current Everton right-back played with Sligo Rovers from 2006 until 2009.
Coleman played with his local amateur team St Catherine’s before he was spotted by Sligo Rovers in 2006 during a friendly. He was immediately signed for Sligo by infamous manager Rob McDonald after impressing during the friendly. After just a few days his arrival, McDonald did not rate Coleman. He ordered him to go on loan to Donegal side Finn Harps but Coleman dismissed. He ended up making his debut against Derry City coming on as a substitute.
McDonald departed Sligo Rovers in 2007 with just four days to the opening game. He was replaced by Paul Cook (now of Wigan Athletic). Cook straight away fell in love with Coleman’s style of play and transformed him into one of the best right back’s in the League of Ireland. He flourished under Paul Cook, solidifying his place in the first team and making 55 appearances for the “Bit o Red”. Coleman said “He (Cook) made me feel like I was the best player in the League. It just makes such a difference when you have a manager who believes in you”.
It was the encouragement and support from Coleman’s family, friends and manager which led him to improve his game and that is what he did. He kept playing at the top of his game for Rovers, putting in consistent performances on a regular basis. Coleman only scored one goal at his time with Sligo Rovers, scoring in a 3-0 win over Bray Wanderers.
Coleman was one of the best uprising talents in the league at that time, gaining interest from some English clubs and other clubs in the League of Ireland. By 2008, clubs across the water came in looking for Coleman. David Moyes actually never seen Coleman play prior to his arrival, it was the advice of club scout Mick Doherty who lead Everton to sign him.
It was Everton who won the signature of what a highly rated Irish full back at that time for just €60,000.
Today, Coleman is arguably one of the best full backs in the Premier League, earning 219 appearances for the Toffees, scoring 18 goals. Seamus has been struggling with injuries since his horrific leg break in March 2017. He made his comeback to football after a successful recovery in January 2018.
Style of Play
Coleman is a quick, skilful, hardworking player. He likes to dribble, play short, quick passes and favours to play the ball along the ground. He is very good at blocking the ball. Coleman has a great attitude towards the game, he is a very passionate player for club and country.
Some weaknesses to point out are his crossing, passing and sometimes he goes that extra step further and holds on to the ball for too long. Coleman leads by example, he is an inspirational figure to he younger players. He also has a lot of time for the youth players.
Seamus is a big League of Ireland fan. He said that when he retires he wants to go back and manage in the League of Ireland. From the Showgrounds to Goodison, Seamus Coleman will well and truly go down as one of the greats of the League of Ireland.