By Alex Taylor
Everton starlet Shayne Lavery wants to emulate Seamus Coleman and become a regular senior player for the Toffees.
The Northern Irish forward arrived at Goodison Park from semi-professional NIFL Premiership side Glenavon in 2015.
Lavery, 17, featured for David Unsworth’s Under-21 team last season but, talking in the Liverpool Echo, has his eyes set firmly on securing a first-team place on Merseyside.
The centre-forward made his first appearance for Northern Ireland Under-21s against Macedonia on Tuesday and sees Coleman, who moved to England from Sligo Rovers as a 20-year-old, as an ideal role model.
“Last year I was in and out of the U21s and when you’re with them you sometimes play games against the first team,” Lavery told the Liverpool Echo.
“I was up against Coleman. He’s fast – very fast! He talks to the Irish lads and looks out for you, he’s a sound guy.”
When asked about one day playing alongside the Republic of Ireland skipper for Everton, he said, “I’d love that. That would be a big dream.”
The youngster, scouted by Paul Hamilton last year, is still awaiting his first senior call-up at the club and will be hoping new manager Ronald Koeman will have faith in his ability.