Coleman expecting big things from centre-back pair
Everton right-back Seamus Coleman has heaped praise on Michael Keane and Yerry Mina and backed them to shine this season.
The trio are set to be regular starters in the Premier League under Marco Silva as the Toffees try to compete for a spot in Europe.
Everton missed out last season but Silva was given plenty of support in the transfer market this summer.
Fabian Delph, Kieran Dowell, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Alex Iwobi, Moise Kean, Jonas Lossl and Djibril Sidibe all moved to Goodison Park during the off-season.
The Merseyside outfit secured a point on the opening weekend of the season, with Coleman, Keane and Mina all starting the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.
Silva’s side were reduced to ten men after Morgan Schneiderlin saw red after two yellow cards and they had Jordan Pickford to thank after two superb saves in the closing stages.
After securing their first clean sheet of the season, Coleman is now expecting his team to go from strength to strength thanks to the inclusion of Keane and Mina.
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Mina, who had to be patient last season due to fitness issues, made five clearances to help keep Palace at bay. Keane’s stats were equally as impressive as he won more duels (13) than any other defender in the top flight at the weekend.
With the pressure on Everton this season, Coleman has tipped both defenders to deliver the goods.
He told the club’s official website: “Michael was different class all last season and throughout pre-season, and has really grown into an Everton player.
“Yerry came in on Saturday and was one of our best players. He is very solid and slowly but surely understanding what the manager wants from him. We have two class centre-halves and competition everywhere else on the pitch – and we hope that adds up to a good season for us.”
If injuries hit the Toffees, they do look a little light in the heart of defence but Mason Holgate will be doing all he can to ready himself.
Coleman is currently under pressure from new signing Sidibe, while Lucas Digne has Leighton Baines breathing down his neck.
Silva looks well equipped in all areas of the pitch and the Toffees will be looking to prove their class when they take on Watford on Saturday.
Everton then travel to Villa before games against Wolves, Bournemouth and Sheffield United.