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.”