Date: 23rd October 2019 at 8:30am
Written by: Dwayne Gavan

Seamus Coleman missed Everton’s 2-0 win over West Ham United due to suspension, but he may not return to the starting lineup against Brighton next Saturday either.

The 31-year-old has been a regular at right-back this season, but he’s struggled for form at times and could be dropped in favour of Djibril Sidibe. Coleman’s absence gave the 27-year-old a chance to prove his worth against the Hammers and he took the opportunity with both hands.

In the league, Sidibe was left out of the matchday squad against Crystal Palace (August 10), Watford (August 17) & Sheffield United (September 21) while being an unused substitute against Aston Villa (August 23), Wolverhampton Wanderers (September 1), Bournemouth (September 15) & Manchester City (September 28). He had to wait until October to make his top-flight debut.

Sidibe came off the bench against Burnley (October 5) and was lauded by supporters on social media for his performance against West Ham which should see him keep his place on Saturday. Coleman has captained the side this season and missed just one Premier League game, but Marco Silva won’t make involuntary changes to a winning team when his job is on the line.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article