Everton kick off their Premier League season later today in Saturday’s highlight clash away at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Speaking to evertonfc.com, Seamus Coleman knows the challenge the opposition poses -
“I saw quite a lot of Wolves last season, their right-wing back is Matt Doherty, an Irish lad. Any time Irish lads are playing on TV you try to have a look and make sure everyone is doing well.
“I know they play three at the back and use wing-backs. And they play very attractive football. The manager seems very positive, as well, so I am sure it will be a good season for Wolves but we need to make sure we get out of the blocks quicker than them on Saturday.
“The teams coming up from the Championship are very strong and… with the money in the game, they can get some very good players in the door, as you have seen at Wolves.
“The Premier League is massive and when you get there, you want to stay there. The teams coming up are stronger and probably more capable of staying in the league than in years gone by.
“The big one for us is Wolves… I have no doubt we will be ready and we should all be excited for the new season.”
Everton also added a few players over the summer too as Marcel Brands and Marco Silva looked to have a capable backup at every position on the pitch. Coleman wholeheartedly supported this approach over the preseason.
“Competition for places is what you want as a footballer. The worst thing any footballer can do is get comfortable and if you do not have someone behind you, pushing you on, then you will get comfortable. That is not a good place to be.
“I think the manager said from the start he wanted two players in every position pushing each other, so I think it is only a positive and will get the best out of every player on a Saturday, because if you do not do the business there is every chance you could be swapped for the next Saturday.”
Richarlison has been one of Everton’s best players in the preseason, while Lucas Digne got his debut last weekend against Valencia at Goodison Park.
“Coming to a new club is always a challenge for new players but Richarlison, in training, has been very exciting and he is one the fans will be very excited by.
“I think he will definitely bring a good atmosphere to Goodison when we play our home games and, hopefully, he can get some goals for us.
“He is a strong and very talented boy. But one thing that stands out is that he is a player who is going to work for the team. His work rate is very impressive.
“He has got right stuck in and helped out defensively, so he is a player we should be very happy with.
“Lucas has played at some top clubs as well, so it is very exciting.”