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.
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.
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
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
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.
Marco Silva reckons the reason why Everton has managed to perform consistently in the English top tier this season is because there is a great atmosphere in their camp and everybody is in a great frame of mind, everybody understands his role and everybody is willing to do what’s needed for the team’s success.
According to Silva, the coordination between the players that is there on the ground is very, very important, but what happens off the ground is important too and off the ground, the spirits are really high. To be able to accomplish big things and to be able to land trophies, it’s important that each and every player in the squad puts in the hard yards and prepares himself in the best way possible and he is glad that nobody in the camp is shying away from the hard work.
Everton’s summer signing Richarlison is keen to make a quick impression with the Toffees during the upcoming Premier League season. The Brazilian arrived from Watford earlier last month and he has since been one of the club’s standout performers during pre-season despite the results not going their way.
Speaking to reporters, Richarlison cited that he wants to score his maiden Toffees goal at the earliest possibility in order to show off his pigeon dance. Meanwhile, the attacker refused to speak about the speculation related to close friend Yerry Mina citing that the issue should be dealt with the Colombian’s representatives.
Everton manager Marco Silva seems set for the long haul at the Premier League side. He is the latest manager being brandished at the Merseyside and reportedly ready to be the steady hands through the impending upheavals this summer.
Ronald Koeman joined in the summer of 2016 highly recommended following his work at Southampton. He started well but after poor transfer signings without commensurate results, the Dutchman was axed last October. Firefighting expert Sam Allardyce was ushered in to help until the end of the season. Everton owner Farhad Moshiri then employed Marco Silva to join hands with new director of football Marcel Brands in a modern European club management structure.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has refused to rule out a late move to sign Chelsea contract rebel Diego Costa.
The Spain international is currently in an indefinite strike in Brazil as he looks to plot a potential exit from Stamford Bridge before deadline day. Atletico Madrid have remained hot favourites to land the striker in recent weeks, but their ongoing transfer ban has restricted them from negotiating a sizeable sum for his services.
As a result, the Toffees have emerged as a surprise destination for the Spaniard as they seek to add a world-class striker to their ranks before the close of the transfer window. Following Everton’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, Koeman was asked whether he would consider a potential move for the Blues outcast, for which he refused to comment.
He said: “I don’t know [about Costa]. We are looking at players who are available and if we sign somebody, it is somebody who makes the team better. I don’t speak about names, about players. It is the media who is talking about Costa or other players. But we are looking and we do our job and hopefully, we will arrange it [a striker to arrive] for next week.” Read More
Everton defender Leighton Baines has praised the move of former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney.
The defender says the all-time goalscorer for United has “a lot” to contribute to the team.
Everton FC are set to face GorMahia in Tanzania on Thursday and Rooney is expected to feature for the first time in a royal blue jersey since his return to his boyhood club. The England national team skipper trained with the team on Wednesday evening after his grand arrival at Dar esSaleem. He had completed the deal from Old Trafford on Sunday before making the flight to join his teammates on Wednesday.
Everton stars have been involved in a number of cultural events since they arrived at the African country. AdemolaLookman, IdrissaGueye, YannickBolasie and Baines visited the UhuruMchanganyiko Primary School. They were showed what UK Aid were doing for the physically impaired students. Read More