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'He has great spirit even though he doesn’t play': Gueye on Coleman's leadership at Everton

The Irish captain has a huge influence on the Blues squad.

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IDRISSA GUEYE HAS revealed the major influence Seamus Coleman has in the Everton dressing room despite his lengthy spell on the sidelines with a broken leg.

The Ireland captain suffered the horrific injury while on international duty against Wales last March, but he remains a vocal presence at the club.

“We have strong leaders like Phil Jagielka, Wayne Rooney and Seamus Coleman,” Gueye told the Liverpool Echo about his Blues teammate.

“Seamus can shout every time – that’s the truth. But we need it. Seamus is the best example.

“He has great spirit even though he doesn’t play. He comes in every game into the dressing room and tries to talk to everyone. Like on Thursday.

“He is with the team every time and we need this spirit. You can hear his shouting!”

Everton are currently languishing in 16th place in the Premier League, while they suffered a 4-1 beating at the hands of Southampton yesterday.

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