David Moyes: Sunderland manager welcomes the man he labelled Forrest Gump – Seamus Coleman

DAVID MOYES will be reunited with the £60,000 bargain he once dubbed ‘Forrest Gump’ when Everton visit Sunderland on Monday.

Back in 2009 Moyes spent that modest sum on a 20-year-old Seamus Coleman from Sligo Rovers.

Seamus Coleman.
Seamus Coleman…David Moyes labelled him ‘Forrest Gump’
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David Moyes comes up against Republic of Ireland captain on Monday
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To underline what progress he has made, last Monday full back Coleman captained the Republic of Ireland in their 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Serbia to the delight of the Black Cats boss.

Moyes said: “Coleman had been in at Birmingham, Celtic, somewhere else, and nobody took him. We took him and he was £60,000.

"I used to think he was like Forrest Gump. He could run for fun. He went to Blackpool on loan and I used to go and watch him. He played outside right and he wasn't ready to be a full back yet.

"He hadn't learnt the art of defending. But boy could he run, he could put folk on the back foot because he was positive."

Now Moyes is convinced Coleman will see captain his country for years to come.

He said: "You bring them in and you think: 'Here's a boy' and what happens is you put him out on loan to Blackpool, like you do with young boys.

"He came back and you say: 'He's done okay there, he's moved on'.

"We brought him back, we got him into pre-season and before you know it, he's found his way into the team.

"He will go on now probably to captain the Ireland team for another 40 or 50 games, I would think. He's that good."

Moyes is still seeking his first Premier League win since arriving on Wearside.

He has Jan Kirchhoff back from a hamstring injury but new signing Didier Ndong is yet to arrive with some paperwork still outstanding.

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