Welcome back Seamus Coleman, oh how we’ve missed you!
No player has embodied the Everton spirit as well as the plucky little Irishman, and to see him romping up and down the right wing with wild abandon is one of the few unmitigated pleasures we Blues have had over the last few years.
And last night it was like the horror injury and subsequent ten months on the sidelines never even happened.
Coleman was ever-present on the right wing against opponents Leicester City, defending like his usual stout self and always looking for an outlet pass with a subsequent rush up the pitch.
Manager Sam Allardyce did not fail to notice the impact made by Coleman.
“I’m really pleased to take the three points. I think there was a performance and a win. The performance wasn’t always comfortable but most of the time we were. There’s a new partnership flourishing that’s come together for the very first time – Seamus and Theo – everybody could see what an impact those two had today playing together.
“The performance was good and that partnership down the right was excellent. For him (Coleman) to finish 90 minutes, and in the 92nd minute run 80 yards with the ball was outstanding for me. He’s an example to every player at this football club. When you’ve been out for 10 months and you can perform with the sort of energy and quality that he did today was marvellous to see.”
The semblances of a budding partnership with right winger Theo Walcott can only bode well for the Blues who have missed a consistent attacking thrust down the wings, especially this season.
Coleman even had an opportunity to get a goal to cap a memorable return, but on a rainy night and slippery pitch, his shot somehow skewed wide and thousands of fans across the world felt their hearts drop, but only for a second.
Welcome back Seamus, we have missed you!