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Seamus Coleman’s successor will need time, ex-defender says

Any new Everton right-back to replace Seamus Coleman will need a year to adjust to Goodison Park and the Blues must therefore act quickly to find a successor, according to former Premier League defender Danny Mills.

The Toffees made a step for young Rangers Nathan Patterson this summer, but after failing to land their man, they lined up Ben Godfrey at the back in Coleman’s absence against Aston Villa on Saturday night.

Mills believes clubs should always be looking to the future and, speaking about the current situation of Everton right-back, told Football Insider:

You should always review succession plans and think two years ahead.

If you want to bring a player, he has a year of preparation, so boom, he is indeed in the starting XI.

It would be silly not to think of the future like that.

Even when you have club legends and you think they’ll never retire. Well, they are. Sooner or later it will happen.

What’s your plan after that? You can’t just say, “We’ll take care of it when it happens.” No, look at it with the long term future.

Most clubs operate on a rolling five-year basis. They’ll have a five-year plan and a ten-year plan and it’s happening. Of course, you adapt and change it, but you still have to watch what comes next.


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