Everton boss David Moyes admits he will look to return Seamus Coleman to his regular defensive duties next season.
Injuries had forced Moyes to deploy the 22-year-old in midfield on the right wing, with an out of position Coleman still impressing enough to be named the club's young player of the year and earn a PFA Young Player nomination.
Yet with Coleman more established in the right-back position, Moyes is confident the Republic of Ireland international will be back in a more familiar area of the pitch soon enough.
"We have still got to see whether he can cope as a full-back in the Premier League but what we can say is that he can play as a winger if we need him," he said.
"There will be a little bit of a change over next season as we will look to move him a bit further back and maybe he can develop into a right-back.
"In the first six or seven months of last season he gave us great impetus, he was the one we were looking to in spells.
"That fresh, real honest, just-glad-to-be-on-the-pitch approach was something the supporters recognised and appreciated.
"I think in the last few months he went off a little bit, I think after the last time he came back from international duty he did not come back firing like he was before."
Moyes believes that the coming season will be a telling one for the young defender and his footballing career.
The experienced manager insists that Coleman could progress to be the genuine article if he can pin down a consistent run of form.
Moyes added on the club's official website: "Sometimes there are things about Seamus when you can see why he was a £60,000 player and then there are other times you will look at him and say that is great business.
"Overall, his progress for us - from his loan move to Blackpool to coming back to us - you can see the strides he has made.
"He really has stepped up massive levels in a short space of time and we are hoping for him to keep that going over the coming seasons."