Mills: Everton tipped to land 'boom' signing to replace 'legend' after Coleman reveal
Danny Mills has insisted it is vital Everton find a long-term successor Seamus Coleman.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League and England defender suggested Everton should sign a new right-back before giving him a year to bed in at Goodison.
The Sun reported on September 12 Everton have a clear run at signing Ranger’s Nathan Patterson and are prepared to pay over £10million.
The same outlet reported the next day Aberdeen’s Calvin Ramsey is also on the Blues’ wish list.
Patterson, 19, and Ramsey, 18, are well thought of north of the border and could be long-term replacements for Coleman.
“You’ve always got to be looking at succession plans and be thinking two years ahead,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“If you do want to bring a player in then they’ve got a year of bedding in then boom, they’re into the starting XI effectively.
“It would be daft to not be thinking ahead like that.
“Even when you’ve got club legends and you think they’re never going to retire. Well, they are. Sooner or later that’s going to happen.
“What’s your plan for after that? You can’t just say ‘We’ll deal with it when it happens’. No, look at it with the long-term future.
“Most clubs work on a five-year rolling basis. They’ll have a five-year plan and a ten-year plan and that’s just rolling over. Of course, you adapt and change it but you’ve always got to look at what comes next.”
Coleman missed his first Premier League game of the season as Everton lost 3-0 to Aston Villa this weekend.
The 32-year-old is under contract at Goodison Park until the summer of 2023.