Darren Bent believes that Everton defender Seamus Coleman should have earned a move to one of the “big boys” during his career.

The former Tottenham and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the 31-year-old has been one of the best full-backs over the last 10 years in the Premier League.

The Republic of Ireland international made his first start for the Toffees in a Europa League defeat to Benfica back in 2009, with a total of 310 appearances under his belt to date.

Bent believes that the Goodison Park favourite has been unlucky in his career, suggesting that a big move would have been on the cards were it not for injury.

“I’ve always thought he’s been one of the better right-backs over the last decade,” Bent told Football Insider.

“He should have maybe got a move to one of the big boys but it didn’t seem to happen for him, he had big injuries. 

“He’s like Leighton Baines, one of those guys who has been there a long time, understands how the club is run, knows how to get the club out a crisis when they’re going through a bit of a bad one.” 

Coleman, who is the club captain at Goodison Park, has played a total of 21 times this season, battling Djibril Sidibe for a place in the starting XI.

However, he is set for a spell on the sidelines after picking up an injury in the draw against Manchester United on Sunday.

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