I remember on match of the day a while back, Luke Shaw, recently signed by Man U at the time going on a bit of a rampaging run down that left flank. Pundits were creaming themselves over it and one of them said something along the lines of England not having anyone in that position who can do that. Made me chuckle as we had seen Baines doing that for a full decade, the whole game plan for years being get it to that left flank
Also after the decline of Ashley Cole, when Baines was first choice left back for England, another discussion on his left back birth for country being under threat. Kieran Gibbs and Luke Shaw I think it was who were touted as the ones to steal his Jersey and we dug out the excellent stat that the season before Baines had racked up more assists on his own than the 2 pretenders to the throne had in their entire careers combined
Criminally underrated by everyone outside the club. Fantastic player, sound fella, Met him a couple of times through work and he was always sound as fuck. Modest, stylish, scorer of great goals, scouser. Just all round fucking boss. The away free kick at Newcastle, the 2 in 1 game away at West Ham. The last minute one away at Chelsea, even that last minute one against Leicester this season were all glorious moments. When we had those 3 derbies in a week or so in 09 is when you realised he was actually a great defender as well as a great player with the ball at his feet. I remember him defending like a total monster.
He's still got the quality as well. Happy for him to be given a life contract to be honest. Absolutely love the lad to pieces. He's an icon he oozes class and on the pitch he's always had all the values you want in an Everton Player. Viva La Baines
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