By Micil Glennon

Ex-Everton and Wales goalkeeper Neville Southall says that Seamus Coleman has the potential to become an all-time great at the Merseyside club.

The Donegal-born player, who can play at full-back or as a winger, joined the Toffees from Sligo Rovers in 2009 and has made 61 appearances, scoring six goals in that time. 

More recently, Coleman, 23, has forced his way into Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic of Ireland team.

Southall told RTÉ Sport: “Seamus has done brilliantly. If he can stay clear of injury he’ll be a fantastic prospect for Everton.

"He could turn out to be one of their better players of the future or one of their best players they’ve ever had actually.

“He just has to settle into one position. I’d like to see him play wide right. He’s a good attacker. I think he’s a better tackler than Tony Hibbert at the moment. I think he’s got a really, really bright future.”

"He could turn out to be one of their better players of the future" - Neville Southall

Southall also spoke about his former team-mate Kevin Sheedy, who won two First Division titles alongside the goalkeeper in 1985 and 1987, and who has recently returned to work at the club after after surviving a bowel cancer scare last summer. 

He said: “I think Sheeds was just a one-off. When I saw him I thought ‘What does Sheeds do?’ He doesn’t run up and down much but when he got the ball I went ‘Oh, that’s what he does’.

“He was magnificent, he was just pure class. He could do things with a ball that nobody else could do. When he got the ball he was just magic.”