By Lee Berrill

Unfortunately for the blues, during the international break for Republic of Ireland against Wales, Seamus Coleman broke his leg and is out for a significant period of time. A broken leg is a horrible injury to receive and it comes just 3 years after Bryan Oviedo’s leg break which saw him out of action for a whole year.

Seamus is currently 28 years old and without beating round the bush, it’s going to take at least a year for him to recover from this injury and this means he’ll be 29 years old when he returns. Even though the timeline reported is 6 months, a full recovery from this is going to be a year. In comparison to Oviedo who was back on the bike after 4 weeks, he was still out for a further year for the blues.

Everton are currently sitting in a comfortable spot that will see us competing in the Europa League next season. However if we finish in 7th place and no higher this will see us enter the competition at a very early stage just like West Ham did at the start of this season after finishing 7th. This early stage takes place at the end of July around 2-3 weeks before the start of the Premier League season and has two legs to play, which means Coleman is obviously going to be missing. Let’s face it we need a replacement and we need it in time for this competition. Here are my top 5 possible replacements for Seamus Coleman:

Jonjoe Kenny
Jonjoe Kenny is the young lad from Kirkdale who has made a few appearances on the touchline warming up for the blues this season as Ronald Koeman has chosen him as part of his match day squad. Everybody was hoping to see him make his Derby debut last Saturday, however Matthew Pennington came into the starting 11 instead.

Jonjoe has made an impressive start to his young career, captaining the blues u23 squad this season who are currently top of the table, a top performer in the England u20s International team and he also had a spell at Oxford United last season which saw them promoted to League One and also become runners up in the Football League Trophy.

Jonjoe is a really talented right back and reminds me of a raw Seamus Coleman. He likes to bomb on, he is fairly pacey and has a good knack of getting a cross in. I’ve seen him play quite a few times now for the u23s and has real potential to break through to the first team in the absence of Seamus.

Joao Cancelo – Valencia
A full Portuguese international, this young 22 year old has made over 50 appearances for Valencia and currently has 3 goals in his 5 Portugal appearances. He likes to play really high, he’s got a lot of pace and is the perfect replacement for the role that Seamus does. He likes to bomb on and can really fulfill the RWB role that Koeman likes. He’s fairly skillful and likes to take on/beat players near the box to whip a cross in. Sounds exactly like Seamus doesn’t it? He personally is my favorite young right back at the minute and with Valencia not really doing much in La Liga at the minute, we could definitely prize him away for a small fee.

Mattia De Sciglio – AC Milan
De Sciglio is a 24 year old Italian who hasn’t left AC Milan and is a constant target for Barcelona. He’s a full Italy International and played a few games in the Euros last year which is where he caught my eye. He had a great display against Ireland, Germany and Spain and is a constant starter for AC Milan. He doesn’t play as far up the pitch as Cancelo and Kenny, he likes to hover round the halfway line (bit like Baines does now) and has a real eye for a cross. His passing ability is definitely the one to look out for here and he does actually remind me of a younger Baines. AC knocked back a bid from Napoli last season for 15 Million Euros, so I think Everton would have to offer AC 20+ Million Euros in order to get him.

Mario Gaspar – Villarreal
Mario is the oldest in this list at 26 years old, he has made over 170 appearances for Villarreal and made 3 appearances for the Spain international team, scoring 2 (including the wonder goal he scored against England). He doesn’t score that many goals, but when he does they are usually screamers. He likes to bomb up and down the wing which is what we need to replace what Seamus does so well. He’s a player Arsenal are constantly linked with and he absolutely reeks of a typical Arsenal right back (See Hector Bellerin). He’s priced at around 15 million Euros but I think it would take around 25 million Euros to get him.

Lukas Klostermann – RB Leipzig
A bit of a bold claim as this lad is only 20 years old but he was fantastic for RB Leipzig last season, being a vital part of their amazing season which saw them promoted to the Bundesliga. RB are currently holding 2nd place in the Bundesliga the season so Lukas hasn’t had that many chances, but he’s had a lot of first team experience which is what we would need in the early stages of the Europa season and to have in the squad as a rotation option. He’s 6ft 2 so he’d be one of the tallest in our current squad as we are really lacking in height. He reminds of John Stones when he used to play right back and the games I’ve saw of him in the Germany u21s he really likes the passing game. This lad is for the future and he only has a year left on his contract so we would be able to snatch him up for quite a cheap fee. Hopefully Steve Walsh has his eye on him!

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