As they continue to improve, their recruitment will have to look towards finding a replacement for the Blues legend Seamus Coleman himself. Having served 11 seasons for his club, Coleman’s legs have started to decline at 32. As a result, the time is right to search for a long-term replacement for the Irishman.
This scout report provides a tactical analysis of right-backs that could potentially replace Coleman and fit into Ancelotti’s tactics. Our analysis is based on statistical comparisons, market value and the likelihood of the transfer happening.
1. Tyler Adams (Leipzig)
The 22-year-old American youngster has been consistent and industrious for Julien Nagelsmann’s Leipzig. Moreover, Adams is versatile – having played 5 different positions across defence and midfield for the German club. This may fill several gaps in Everton’s squad depth as Ancelloti switches from 2 to 3 centre-backs depending on the opposition.
Adams averages a respectable 1.3 tackles and 1.1 Interceptions per 90. In addition, his passing abilities are excellent. Adams averages 6.68 passes into the final third per 90 and 0.87 through passes per 90. In addition, the youngster’s defensive output holds up against Coleman’s, as visualised in the following radar chart.
The transition from Leipzig to Everton would balance out the inherent differences in the players’ output in interceptions and defensive duels due to the defending styles of the two teams. It is noteworthy that the shape of Adams’ radar chart has a similar foundation to that of Coleman.
The players’ respective styles differ going forward. Though Adams is more decisive in the final third, Coleman posits a higher output. This can be seen by the following comparison.
2. Mehmet Zeki Celik (Lille)
Celik has quietly been one of Lille’s most consistent players in their title charge this season. The 24-year-old Turkish player averages an impressive 7.01 passes into the final third per 90, 2.68 crosses per 90 and 1.27 key passes per 90. Going forward, he records a similar output under Shots/90 and Dribbles/90 as Coleman.
Celik is well-rounded defensively too, as visualised in the following radar chart.
In addition to having a similar output shape for duels, Celik records far higher statistics for interceptions and aggression as compared to the Irishman. Conversely, despite participating in fewer duels than the Turkish youngster, Coleman has won a significantly higher percentage of defensive duels. This is a feat that could potentially be developed under Ancelotti.
3. Max Aarons (Norwich City)
Max Aarons is a talent with a high ceiling and has attracted interest from the likes of Liverpool and Bayern Munich. Everton has reportedly shown serious interest in the youngster lately. Aarons averages an impressive 3.4 dribbles per 90 with a success rate of 89%. Conversely, his passing statistics leave some room for improvement in his game.
Interestingly, the English youngster records a promising defensive output for a team that plays free-flowing football.
Aarons’ radar chart shares a similar output in interceptions and disciplined compared to Coleman. Furthermore, it is noteworthy that he engages in significantly higher defensive duels per 90, presumably due to the gaps Norwich leave behind on the break. At Everton, he would receive more defensive solidity and apply his natural talent to their build up.
All in all, the players above would help with the long-term tactical evolution of the club.