I think Baines is being let down by not having a partner in front of him on the left who he can work in tandem with. Be interesting to see him and GS on the left side
I think there's some forgetting of what he used to do; or more precisely how he did it.
He was never one to just bomb on like Coleman, nor (bar that run vs Chelsea prior to Beckford's equaliser) was he one for single handedly taking on player after player.
His partnership with Pienaar was based on two players with excellent footballing brains and appreciation of movements.
He was also more likely to cross the ball with Cahill and / or Fellaini in the box to aim for.
So yeah I think if Sigurdsson plays near him it'll be interesting to see what he's like again.
I also think people rate his performances now against him being possibly the best left back in europe, which understandably he's not going to be at this point in his career, rather than just seeing him as a good player still.