Player: Seamus Coleman, #23
Games Played: 29, Games Started: 27, Goals: 1, Assists: 6, Shots: 11, Shots on Goal: 1, Fouls Committed: 21, Fouls Suffered: 45, Yellow Cards: 4, Red Cards: 0.
Seamus Coleman can look back on last season with enormous pride. It really was a breakthrough year where he claimed the right-back position as his own and became a consistent Premier League player and full international. His attacking instincts and occasional defensive lapses often saw him push up on the right wing in his early career, but he was always going to be a defender long-term and this year he began to emulate Leighton Baines on the opposite flank in becoming a full-back of immense quality.
What he did well
He combined his pacey, direct attacking approach with greater awareness - both defensively and offensively. He would no longer run aimlessly with his head down, while his final ball also improved. At the back he also looked much more solid, proving he could be trusted as a defender without the extra security of Tony Hibbert or Phil Neville behind him.
What he could do better
At the moment everything Coleman is doing is improving – to use a Football Manager analogy his stats are going up year-on-year, so there is little to criticize him for. If anything he needs to emulate Baines and improve his consistency, final ball and link-up with Kevin Mirallas – all things he is capable of achieving next season.
Using the school grading system of A, B, C, D, F, with A representing a great season, C an average season, and F a very poor season, how do you grade Seamus Coleman on his performance this year according to the expectations you had for him?