Seamus Coleman has had a frustrating time at Everton since joining in 2009 from Sligo Rovers. The young Irish winger has shown glimpses of his talent, but has never been a consistent regular in the side, mustering just over 100 appearances in 5 years at the club, a significant proportion of which have been substitute appearances.
Despite signing a new 5 and a half year contract barely a year ago, question marks remain over Coleman's future. This is largely because of the players in front of him in the pecking order. At 20 years old, Ross Barkley is regarded as one of the best young prospects in the english game, and has been compared with the legendary, but troubled Paul Gascoigne.
Furthermore, the venerable Steven Pienaar, who recently re-joined the club from Tottenham Hotspur shows no signs of aging and has put in some sterling performances this year. Coleman also faces competition form the gifted Kevin Mirallas and loyal servant Leon Osman.
However, it would be foolish to write off Seamus Coleman just yet. He has played some part in most of Everton's premier league games this term and has built up a good understanding with left-back Leighton Baines. It is worth remembering as well that the Irish winger is only 25, and given manager Roberto Martinez's history of putting faith in youth, this seems to bode well for Coleman. There could be hope yet for the winger.