SEAMUS Coleman today admitted he is in dreamland after being shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.
The 22-year-old is in the running for the coveted prize after a remarkable full debut season in the Premier League, which saw him become a key part of David Moyes’s first team and earn a call-up to the full Ireland squad.
Coleman is one of seven talented players in line for the award, alongside Gareth Bale, Jack Wilshere, Nani, Joe Hart, Samir Nasri and Javier Hernandez.
But the £60,000 signing from Sligo Rovers, who must pass a fitness test before today’s clash with Wolves at Molineux, says he is yet to fully comprehend his good news.
He said “Sometimes I still have to pinch myself. It is fantastic. At the start of the season I would not have expected that, and when you see the names on that shortlist, it is just a great achievement to be mentioned alongside them.
“At the start of the season I hoped things would go this well, but if I am honest then I probably did not think they would.
“Two years ago I was at Sligo and now and then I look around the changing room here and think ‘wow, this is really happening to me’.
“I certainly did not expect to play this many matches and also not as a right midfielder, but I have just tried to take it game by game and do my best.”
Coleman added: “There have been so many good young players this season it is hard to pick out individuals.
“Obviously Gareth Bale stands out and he will probably be in the running for the main award. Then there is Jack Wilshere who played against Barcelona and was one of the best players over the two legs. There are lots of contenders and too many to mention everyone.
“I am sure the other lads might think about winning it but for me just to be in the top seven is fantastic and an achievement in itself.”
Meanwhile, David Moyes will hope for some respite from his ongoing injury crisis today. Coleman could feature against Mick McCarthy’s side, and Jack Rodwell has an outside chance of making the bench.
But while a foot injury continues to trouble Tim Cahill, Moyes is at least positive that Mikel Arteta could return from a hamstring injury before the season ends. The Spaniard is able to run but is still between two to three weeks away from full training.