Coleman will shine – Jags

Irish winger Coleman was one of the stars of the Toffees’ campaign
even though it concluded on a sour note with a red card in Sunday’s
1-0 defeat of Chelsea. The 22-year-old’s form in the closing months
of the Premier League campaign did also not match the high
standards it reached earlier but Jagielka thinks there is plenty
more to come from the youngster. Jagielka said: “It was hard for
Seamus. He has not played at this level for so many games before.
“The first 10-15 games he was competing for man of the match almost
every game and then in the last 10 it was a bit harder for him,
being in and out of the team. “But he will learn from that and come
back next season. “He is a normal down-to-earth guy who knows how
lucky he is to be playing. “He knows what he has got and what he
hasn’t. He has not got his head in the clouds thinking he is the
next best thing. “He is a very good player and hopefully next
season he will get better.” Coleman has risen from obscurity after
a £60,000 move from Sligo Rovers two years ago. He enjoyed a
promising loan spell at Blackpool last year but both Tony Hibbert
and Phil Neville were preferred to him in his principal position of
right-back at the start the latest campaign. A chance soon arose on
the right wing however and Coleman, who scored five goals, took it
so well that he may remain there next season. Jagielka added: “We
all knew he had it in him. “We all knew he was an attack-minded
full-back but we weren’t sure how that would fit into our formula.
“Thankfully for us when we needed a wide right player he stood up
to the plate. “He has scored five goals and probably set up another
five or 10. “He is still a young man and is getting to play for his
country now. “Hopefully he will grow in stature and when he comes
back next pre-season – instead of being one of the young lads, he
will be one of the established players.” Striker Jermaine Beckford
ended a promising campaign on a high by sinking Chelsea with a
stunning length-of-the-field solo winner at Goodison Park. Beckford
has had mixed fortunes in his first season of top-flight football
since a free transfer from Leeds but ended it with 10 goals to his
name. The 27-year-old particularly tormented Chelsea defender Alex
on Sunday and crowned a fine display by breaking from just outside
his own box and racing to the far end to score. It secured a
victory 10-man Everton fully deserved against a Chelsea side going
through the motions in what proved to be manager Carlo Ancelotti’s
final game. The result saw the Merseysiders end a largely
frustrating campaign in a creditable seventh place, behind the
better-resourced group now becoming known as the ‘big six’. Everton
lost just two of their final 12 games and supporters were left to
wonder what might have been had their team not started the season
so poorly. Jagielka said: “Yet again it was another slow start and
a half-decent finish. “I don’t think we played amazing football in
the last 10-15 games but the results speak for themselves. “We have
got to try to find a formula where we start the season as well as
we finish it. “We could probably do with a couple of fresh faces
come the summer. “But that’s the manager’s job – he decides who
comes and who stays. “We just need to give ourselves a chance. We
have got no chance of competing to try to get in the top four or
top six if, come Christmas, we are in the bottom six. “We need a
decent start. It doesn’t need to be an electric start, just a
decent start.” After missing most of last season with a knee
injury, Jagielka has enjoyed the year. And the 28-year-old is also
hoping it is not quite over yet, with Fabio Capello still to name
his England squad for a Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland
next month. He added: “I am disappointed with the season finishing
because with the results coming in, I actually feel good for once.
“Hopefully I will get named and hopefully Bainesy [Leighton Baines]
will be in there as well.”