Coleman Tips Teammate For Great Everton Future

Good evening everybody and welcome to Goodison Park.

What an occasion we had here last weekend!

It was lovely to see some of our supporters back inside the stadium and I was delighted that you got to see a very good Everton performance rewarded with three points.

And believe me, it made a real difference to the lads to have some real vocal support from the stands.

I was one of you for the game, on my feet in the Main Stand and shouting encouragement!

There may have been only 2,000 fans inside Goodison but if you closed your eyes and listened to the noise, you’d have thought there were far more.

I said to a few of the new lads afterwards, ‘If you enjoyed that, just wait until the place is full!’

We are still in troubled times with the pandemic and it’s essential we continue to obey the rules and regulations, but it was a start and hopefully we’ll get more of you in before the end of the season.

The stats after the game showed that Chelsea had more of the ball, but I thought it was an excellent performance by ourselves.

They came to Goodison on the back of a really good unbeaten run in the Premier League and we knew we would need a real intensity to our play to get something.

From the first whistle, I thought we had that.

It was a very good collective performance but I would like to make mention of Ben Godfrey.

He’s done a job for us in a number of different positions already and he has shown that he is very much a team player by getting on with it.

He was terrific against Chelsea and he has a great future at this club.

Print deadlines at this busy time of year prevent me from making any comment about our midweek game at Leicester City but, suffice to say, it is a challenging fixture for anyone in the Premier League.

Today’s opponents, Arsenal, haven’t had the start to the season they would have liked but there is far too much quality within their ranks for them to be in the lower half of the table for long.

I’d like to offer a personal welcome back to Goodison to Mikel Arteta.

Mikel was a big part of the Everton dressing room when I first joined the Club and he went out of his way to make me feel a part of it.

I wish him well…after today, of course!

For those of you fortunate enough to be here this evening and for those watching at home, I hope you enjoy the game and all stay safe.

All the best,


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