Time right for Seamus Coleman's big move, says United legend
DENIS Irwin reckons that Seamus Coleman (right) will have to leave Everton and play for a bigger club if he is to deliver on his potential.
Coleman, 26, has repeatedly been linked with a move to Manchester United and Irwin, who was 24 when he earned his transfer to Old Trafford, feels that the time is right for a move.
"For him to be world class, and this is no disrespect to Everton, he probably has to move to a club that plays regular in Europe," says Irwin.
"That's no disrespect to him either but it is the next stage of his progression because he has gone from Sligo, to Everton, on loan to Blackpool and has got better at Everton year on year. The last two years have seen him linked to top four clubs.
"At 25, 26, you are starting to get comfortable as a footballer. They are probably the best years of your life because you have still got your fitness as well.
"He is an experienced lad. He has years of experience under his belt now. He is at a good age and he is at a good club for learning.
"Seamus has progressed in every year he has been here, since he came across, particularly in the last two years. They played a very attacking style at Everton which suits him because he is fantastic going forward. He played wing at one stage. If he keeps going, he is going to be linked with teams in the top echelons of football."