Coleman hails influence of Everton team-mate Baines

The Irishman has revealed he watches the England defender closely in order to improve as a full-back, a position he is occasionally deployed in by manager David Moyes
Everton utility man Seamus Coleman has revealed he is taking inspiration from team-mate Leighton Baines as he looks to establish himself in the club’s first-team.

The Irishman has been deployed at both right midfield and right-back by manager David Moyes, since joining the Toffees from Sligo Rovers in 2009.

And the 23-year-old has admitted he watches England full-back Baines closely in order to learn that position better.

"Right-back is where I've played all my life other than the last two seasons," Coleman told the Liverpool Echo.

"When I'm not playing games I am watching and I watch Bainesy and try and learn from him.

"For me, he is the best left-back in England and if asked to play full-back, if I could do half as good a job as him that would be great.

"I've been in and around the squad now for a couple of years and I maybe haven't had as many games as I would have liked.

"But breaking into the team at Everton is hard, especially the way we are playing at the minute.

"I really enjoy right-back so hopefully I can do a job there when asked to fill-in, but I will also be happy on the right of midfield if there is an opportunity."

Coleman has made seven appearances for the Republic of Ireland, and played the full 90 minutes in their 4-1 victory over Oman in a friendly on Tuesday night.