‘Natural’ Coleman still learning

The current campaign has been a breakthrough one for the Everton

midfielder, as he has been able to establish himself as a

first-team regular. In the space of two years, the 22-year-old has

gone from turning out for Sligo Rovers in the League of Ireland to

terrorising Premier League defences. He has developed much quicker

than anyone at Goodison Park imagined he would, with a loan spell

at Blackpool last season having helped to ease him into English

football. Coleman is now one of the brightest prospects in the

Premier League, with his nomination for the PFA Young Player of the

Year award just reward for the progress he has made. The Republic

of Ireland international admits is struggling to take everything in

this term, but knows he cannot afford to rest on his laurels if he

is to fulfil his undoubted potential. “Every day in training I’m

trying to learn,” said Coleman. “I’m trying to pick up different

things but I don’t want to lose that natural ability. I just like

being able to get it and go. It’s done me well so far, so hopefully

that can continue to be the case. “I haven’t had a whole load of

coaching. I just go for it. I want to get past my full-back. If I

don’t do it the first time, I’ll keep trying. “It’s still there a

little bit, that feeling that it’s all a bit surreal. I’ve said to

myself that I’ve got to get rid of that because you can’t always

think that way. “At the same time, I don’t want to get used to it.

I still want to have that little feeling of being in awe because

you can never take your place for granted.”