Just as he was a presence in the Ireland camp during the latter part of the World Cup qualifying campaign - despite not being able to play - Seamus Coleman has also been a leader for Everton in their turbulent season.
The club suffered a 5-1 defeat to Atalanta in the Europa League on Thursday and then another heavy loss to Southampton, this time 4-1, on Sunday.
They currently sit 16th in the Premier League and have been without a permanent manager for more than a month. David Unsworth has been in temporary charge for an ever-extending period.
According to midfielder Idrissa Gueye, Coleman has been a vocal leader during the period of his injury. The 29-year-old has been out of action since suffering a broken leg while playing for Ireland against Wales back in March.
We have strong leaders like Phil Jagielka, Wayne Rooney and Seamus Coleman.
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!