May 072014

Republic of Ireland international carried off the top prize at the club’s 2013/14 awards at St George’s Hall

Sylvain Distin has hailed Seamus Coleman’s exhilarating progress this season as he insisted the defender was an easy choice as Everton FC’s player of the season.

The Republic of Ireland international carried off the top prize at the club’s 2013/14 awards at St George’s Hall tonight, when Ross Barkley also won Young Player of the campaign.

Coleman, 25, has notched seven eye-catching goals from right-back for the Toffees this term, and his thunderous strike against Swansea City was a contender for the best goal award at the ceremony.

And veteran Distin admitted he didn’t need to think twice before voting for his defensive colleague, who was also named in the recent PFA team of the season.

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He said: “The goals have made a big difference and that’s why I’m sure the fans have enjoyed watching him even more this season.

“That’s what people like to see. You can have as many assists as you like but it’s about goals and he did well in that respect.

“Seamus was the winner pretty easily for me. He’s been the most consistent and his progression has been amazing this season.

I voted for him because the progress he underwent was so impressive.

“But you could pick another three or four lads who have done very well also and would be in the running any other year, so it shows we’ve had a good season.”

Distin also voted for Barkley in the young player category, and the 20-year-old England international, who is hoping to go to Brazil in the Three Lions squad for this summer’s World Cup, duly won the award.

However Distin insisted that John Stones, with whom he formed an impressive central defensive partnership in recent months, was also a worthy nominee.

“It was probably a tough category between Ross and Stonesy,” said the 36-year-old.

“John has been superb and shown maturity beyond his years. He’s a top player now and an even better one in the making. But I think Ross played more games and started to play earlier so he deserves it. He’s been amazing.”

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