Leighton Baines believes Gareth Barry’s attitude and dedication is a great example to both young and old players at Everton.
The left back spoke exclusively to the Liverpool Echo in the wake of the Blues’ 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Veteran midfielder Barry grabbed the winning goal just past the hour mark – a strike that was his first in two-and-a-half years.
But it is the 35-year-old’s quality, never-say-die attitude and professionalism that impresses Baines most.
And Baines, himself now 31 years old, waxed lyrical about his Toffees team mate following the triumph in the Midlands.
Baines said: “Everyone in this dressing room should be looking to Gaz as a shining example.
“Not just performance wise, he’s been class for us, but also in the way he conducts himself, the way he manages himself.
“He is the biggest example, not just for the young players, for any of us in the dressing room.
“He is the biggest example of a standard setter in that respect. I have got so, so much respect for him, he is one of the best players I have ever played with because he’s unbelievable.
“Throughout last season, when we were struggling, he was immense, just with his personality and his character, on and off the pitch.
“Whatever is happening with him, or around him or with the team or whatever it is, he doesn’t change. He doesn’t get flustered with anything.
“He does the right things all the time and if the team is struggling, he’s not a screamer and shouter, but he’s got a great presence.
“He just doesn’t change.”