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
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
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.