By Dominic Toner

Garth Crooks believes that Everton defender Seamus Coleman has been “playing out of his skin” in recent weeks and named him in his team of the week.

The 28-year-old is a mainstay in the Toffees starting line-up and has made 244 appearances for the Merseyside club.

He helped his side record a 2-0 victory against Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday, supplying the assist for Idrissa Gueye’s opening goal.

Romelu Lukaku then scored the second and went level with Duncan Ferguson as the club’s highest ever Premier League goalscorer (60).

BBC pundit Crooks was particularly impressed with the performance of Republic of Ireland international Coleman, stating that he offers a great attacking threat for the side.

“The Irishman is playing out of his skin at the moment and for my money is Everton’s player of the season,” Crooks told BBC Sport’s website. “Coleman brings a dimension to Everton very few full-backs bring to a team.

“The problem for the opposition is that Coleman has been doing it for some considerable time. Coleman is an infectious player and it’s a joy to watch him play.”

Coleman has been a consistent performer for Everton during recent seasons and has managed to keep a firm grip of his right-back position in the starting XI.

He has made 25 appearances this season across all competitions, scoring four goals and supplying four assists.

The defender has been involved in the club’s recent run of great form which has seen them moved just six points behind the top four in the league.

The Toffees are now undefeated in their last nine top-flight matches and Koeman has now settled following his summer arrival.

In other Everton news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to Manolo Gabbiadini’s performance for Southampton in the EFL Cup final.

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