Everton starlet looking to emulate Coleman career
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.
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“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.