Everton should offer contract extension to Leighton Baines
Everton legend Leighton Baines is understandably coming towards the back end of his career, but there are signs that he should be kept around for a little while longer still.
The Toffees defender was one of the best left-backs in the Premier League when he was in his peak and he’s been at Goodison Park since 2007 when he moved to Merseyside from Wigan Athletic.
He’s seen the impressive Lucas Digne become the new first-choice left-back over the last 18 months and that was always going to happen at some stage.
But 35-year-old Baines has given a real throwback in the past couple of weeks with some eye-catching displays and it’s clear that he is still a top professional off the pitch capable of contributing to Carlo Ancelotti’s squad when needed.
With Digne missing back-to-back league games against Arsenal and Manchester United through injury, Baines has slotted in like he’s never been away to the Everton backline.
The veteran full-back has looked a serious attacking threat with tireless runs into the final third, while being defensively resilient too.
Baines is a left-footed fan favourite that has proven he can still cut it in the top-flight and his experience is so valuable to his game.
His current deal at Goodison Park expires in the summer and as it stands he will be waving goodbye after 13 years at the club.
But he’s hardly put a foot wrong in his six first-team appearances this campaign and Everton should seriously consider offering him a new contract to extend his stay.
He is the perfect understudy to Digne that has shown he’s more than capable still and is such an important player to have around the squad, so giving him a fresh contract looks a no-brainer.
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