Dont take this the wrong way, I think Baines, along with Felliani, Jelly and Peanuts are our best 4 players, and think Baines could fit in with most of the top 5 or 6 sides easy, but I was if we are better off attacking without Baines than with him? We have now scored 12 goals in three games without Baines, playing some free flowing, attacking soccer. Of course this could just be the result of generally better form and, in particular, Jelavic's heroics, Felliani playing well in an advanced position and Peinarr playing better than ever, but, as others have argued, we do seem to be less predictable and more creative overall without Baines in the team.
At the very least, i do think this was beneficial for the team, as we will now have more confidence in attacking in a variety of different ways once we reincorporate Baines. Hopefully we will just be even more potent going forward with his return.
Just wanted to get this in poll form.