By Noel Whelan

6th Aug, 2021 | 10:45am

Coleman will be thrilled as Everton work on 'quality' new signing - pundit

Noel Whelan has suggested Seamus Coleman will be advocating for the signing of a new right-back as Everton set sights on Jorge Sanchez.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 23-year-old Mexican could be a long-term replacement for the Toffees captain.

As revealed by Football Insider on Monday (August 2nd), Everton and Tottenham are considering making a move to sign Sanchez from Club America this summer.

The full-back has been a star for Mexico at this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo.

He has started all but one of his country’s six games, including Friday’s bronze medal game versus Japan.

With Coleman now 32-years-old, Whelan suggested the Republic of Ireland star would welcome cover and competition.

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Asked if Everton needed to sign a new right-back, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah, I think so.

“At some point you’ve got to look at the players and what a great player Seamus Coleman has been for Everton in that position.

“A role model for many, many people at the football club and he’ll still be there no matter what they bring in.

“I think Seamus will be the first one to say: Yes, I think we do need another one. I do need a bit of help, I’m not going to be able to play every game.’

“When you’ve got two players with that sort of quality, you can adapt their style of play as well. Get up nice and high, they can defend, control the midfield as well.

“You’ve got to look for longevity as well. At 23-years-old, it’s a great age to be bringing another player in.

I’m sure if they do sign him, it’ll be a long contract to keep him at the club.”

In other news, ex-manager suggests Benitez is overseeing Everton exodus after two deals agreed.