By Darren Bent

5th Mar, 2020 | 7:17pm

Exclusive: Darren Bent believes Everton defender missed out on transfer move to 'Big boys'

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. 

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“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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