Tony Cascarino: This Everton ace has replaced Baines
By Dominic Toner
Tony Cascarino claims that Seamus Coleman gives Everton a greater attacking threat than Leighton Baines.
The two defenders are the first-choice options at full-back and are expected to offer attacking support in the modern game.
Baines, 32, has excelled going forward during his career and the left-back is well recognised for his running overlaps beyond the winger.
Coleman, 28, has made the right-back position his own and certainly has an eye for goal.
Former Republic of Ireland international Cascarino feels that Coleman now gives Everton the bigger attacking support, while Baines is allowed to be more conservative.
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“A few years ago, Leighton Baines was Everton’s main attacking full-back threat but he’s 32 and has to be more conservative,” Cascarino told the Times. “Coleman has filled that role well.
“Seamus Coleman has developed into one of the best full backs in the country. He is always looking to be on the front foot, supporting the attackers with his high-speed bursts up the right flank.”
Coleman has become a fan favourite at Goodison Park and has already popped up with three goals this season.
The Republic of Ireland international is extremely quick and likes to spend most of his time in the oppositions half, but has also developed the defensive side of his game recently.
Baines has been a great source of goals during his Everton tenure, scoring 34 goals and supplying 60 goals in 352 appearances for the Merseyside club.
The English left-back is deadly from both set-pieces and scored a last minute penalty in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United at the beginning of December.
He has only scored one goal this season and Cascarino believes that Coleman is now the adventurous full-back to trouble defences.
In other Everton news, Ronald Koeman has delivered his verdict on the team’s performance against Liverpool.