IN SEARCH FOR LEIGHTON BAINES’ REPLACEMENT

At every football club, there comes a time when some players would have to either hang their boots and call time on their football career or have to consider moving to another club for the purpose of having an entirely different adventure. For Everton Football Club, a player of such caliber is Leighton Baines; one of the best left-backs in the history of the English Premier League.

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Baines’ reputation as an Everton and a Premier League great is a well-earned and well-deserved one, given how the former defender was always putting in performances that would eventually prove to be vital and essential for his team. Also a former captain of the Everton squad, Baines had every necessary ingredient to becoming a truly colossal leader and player, and he did not fail to prove that anytime he stepped onto the pitch.
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EVERTON CHIEF EXPLAINS BAINES DECISION

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has explained the decision taken by club legend Leighton Baines to retire at the end of last season. Leighton Baines is undoubtedly one of the best left-sided players in the rich history of Everton and the ex-England national team player decided to hang his boots professionally at the end of the last campaign. Leighton Baines ended his lengthy career as an Everton player last summer. He had spent 12 hugely successful years with the Toffees following his move from Wigan Athletic.

His last appearance for Everton came during the 3-1 loss at home to Bournemouth on the final day of last season in the Premier League. The result was not enough to save visitors Bournemouth from suffering relegation. Leighton Baines has become a coach at Everton on the back of his decision to end his playing career at the age of 35. Leighton Baines is now the performance development coach at Everton. Read More

BAINES RETURNS TO EVERTON AS COACH

 

Everton legend Leighton Baines has returned to the club in a coaching capacity having retired as a player in the summer. The 35-year-old had announced his retirement from football to club officials shortly before the last game of last season. Leighton Baines took the decision as he was unselfish despite the request from Everton manager, Carlo Ancelotti, for him to stay on as the left-back back-up to first choice Lucas Digne.


His last game as an Everton player was the 3-1 loss to Bournemouth on the final day of last season in the Premier League. The England international played the final 20 minutes of that game.He played 420 games for the Toffees during a 13-year playing career at Goodison Park.Leighton Baines signed for Everton in 2007 as he left WiganAthletic to join the club. In addition to his playing career at both WiganAthletic and Everton, Leighton Baines was capped 30 times by the England national team. Read More

NANTES TO SIGN LIVERPOOL MIDFIELDER

 

Nantes are close to signing highly rated Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella. The youngster is set to leave Anfield in order to get first team football.


Chirivella, 23, is expected to turn down a five-year deal with the Reds and move on this summer following interest from the French outfit. According to French tabloid FootSur7, a deal has been done with Nantes with the player undergoing a medical at Nantes a few days back. They also report that Chirivella has signed a three-year deal with Nantes as he seeks first-team football.
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LA GALAXY TO SIGN EVERTON DEFENDER

LA Galaxy are interested in signing Leighton Baines of Everton for free in the summer. The club recently announced the arrival of Chicharito is going for another big name signing as they consider the experienced defender as an ideal addition to their squad.

Baines, 35, may fancy the move to the less demanding American game to finish his excellent top-flight career. Sources close to the player will be traveling to California to check the details of the deal and should his family give consent, he will make the move this summer.
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Baines Stays in Everton as a Player and Mentor

Leighton Baines is set to mentoring the young lads in the Everton dressing room. He has signed a new 12-month contract with the club this summer and is one of the senior-most players in the Everton dressing room.


This will be his 13th campaign with the Liverpool based club. Baines, 34, plays as a left-back in the club. While talking about signing a new contract, Baines said that he gave it quite a thought on how much he can offer to the club. He wanted to stay only when he can help the team. He was always mindful of that and never wanted to overstay his welcome. He will compete with Lucas Digne for the position of left-back in the team.
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ARSENAL CONFIDENT OF TRANSFER OF DUO

Wilfred Zaha transfer to Arsenal has dominated the news in recent days as it has been reported that the player wants a move to the club. However, the transfer looks like one that could get drawn out through the summer.

According to latest reports from England Arsenal have offered an initial bid of £40 million for the player which was flatly rejected by the club. Crystal Palace value the attacker more than any player on their team and expect a transfer fee of £80 million.

It is suggested that Palace believe that Zaha as the best player in their team should go for a higher fee than the £50 million United paid for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Arsenal have a reduced transfer budget of £40 million due to the club’s failure to qualify for the Champions League and this is likely to be a major factor in the transfer.
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TOP LEFT BACKS IN THE EPL FOR THE PAST DECADE

The Premier League has seen its fair share of excellent defenders in the past decade. This are players that are excellent in joining up with the attack and also capable of defending opposing wingers.  There have been many leftbacks to have graced the league in that period but only a few have been able to take control of their position and light up the league

Leighton Baines

The Everton left-back was for many years regarded as the best attacking left back in the league. capable of overlapping runs as well as putting in dangerous crosses Baines was a premier left back. In this era of leftbacks having to work as a fullback and also as an emergency wingback the 32-year-old excelled in both roles.

Taking setpieces was like cake to the England International as he regularly delivered dangerous set pieces for the likes of Fellaini and Tim Cahill over the years.  He still holds the record for the most freekicks scored by a defender in the past decade. Baines is one of the Premier League all-time greats in the Left-back position
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Marco Silva Expresses His View On Leighton Baines, As To Whether He Wants To Keep Him At The Everton Or Not

The defender of Everton named Leighton Baines has struggled a lot for appearances in this season at the Goodison Park, with the impressing performance of Lucas Digne. The contract of Baines at the club of Everton is about to come to an end within a few months, and he has barely made any appearances in this season for the club.

The arrival of Lucas Digne at the Goodison Park has resulted in the replacement of Banies in the defense of Everton, and his task of coming back to the team of Silva seems to be a lot difficult. It can be considered as a herculean task for him. Lucas has emerged as the best player so far in this season for the club of Everton, with the signing of summer rapidly adapting to the football’s Premier League.
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