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Leighton Baines | Defensemen

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/11/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 165

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Leighton Baines is to have a late fitness test ahead of Everton's match with Newcastle United on Sunday, keeping his status in doubt as the deadline looms.
Even if news were more optimistic, Baines should be avoided until further notice. News out of Goodison Park is that the influential left back's days with the club are numbered, and Martinez may want to give Luke Garbutt as long a look as possible as he is the future at the position in the club's eyes. The way things have gone this season, no one's job is safe, so best to avoid a player like Baines until there is more confidence. Mar 13 - 3:24 PM
Source: Sky Sports

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Roberto Martinez has revealed that Everton full-back Leighton Baines is likely to miss the Stoke City game on Wednesday after picking up a thigh injury during training on Friday.

Baines has been struggling of late with a knee problem and was rested as a precaution for the Europa League game against BSC Young Boys on Thursday but "took a knock to the quad" as the squad prepared for the trip to the Emirates. The England international is very doubtful for the trip to the Britannia while it is "hoped" Baines can return for the quarter-final clash against Dynamo Kiev in 11 days’ time. In his absence and with Bryan Oviedo sidelined because of a hamstring injury youngster Luke Garbutt is likely to deputise after two solid performances. Everton slumped to 14th in the Premier League following their 11th defeat of the season on Sunday and under pressure boss Martinez will be hoping for a change of fortune in GW28.
Mar 1 - 5:04 PM

Roberto Martinez confirmed in Everton's press conference today that Leighton Baines is fit enough to return to action and will be in the squad when the Toffees host Leicester City on Sunday.

If you can afford him, Baines makes for a strong play as the fixture looks to offer potential returns in attacking and defending against the league's basement-dwellers. Bryan Oviedo, who filled in for Baines, is now himself a doubt with a hamstring injury so any thought to Baines returning this weekend in a bench role and thereby ruining your investment should be dismissed.
Feb 20 - 12:17 PM

Leighton Baines remains a question mark as to his availability for Everton's midweek clash with Chelsea as the deadline for Week 25 is just a couple hours away.

With the given fixture, a trip to Stamford Bridge, fantasy managers shouldn't feel too upset about not having the left back's services available to them this round. From a reality standpoint though, it is difficult to imagine the Toffees finding a positive result without him against the league's top club. Bryan Oviedo will deputize if need be, but there are better budget options in defense out there this week.
Feb 10 - 12:21 PM

Everton and Liverpool shared the spoils from Saturdays’ 224th Merseyside derby, an encounter which in truth lacked the normal pizzazz and flair associated with this fixture although Martinez will point to a number of injury concerns which affected his squad both prior and during the game.

The Toffees build-up to the match was hampered by the loss of full-back Leighton Baines who failed a late fitness test – the England international was unable to shake off a knee injury which he picked up at Selhurst Park in GW23 while Aidan McGeady was also ruled out after suffering a bruised patella in training. However James McCarthy [hamstring] was able to make his first appearance in six weeks after he was given the all-clear on Wednesday with loanee Aaron Lennon occupying a spot on the bench. Roberto Martinez also revealed post-match that Steven Naismith [neck] was being monitored throughout the game following an awkward fall and team mate Muhamed Besic was withdrawn after picking up a knock. The quartet will be assessed before GW25 with up to 8 players at risk of missing the Chelsea match.
Source: talkSPORT
Feb 7 - 6:29 PM

Roberto Martinez expects wing-back Leighton Baines to return to the Everton squad this weekend after the England defender missed Tuesday nights’ FA Cup draw against West Ham.

The Toffees have a mounting injury list and the Everton boss confirmed pre-match that Baines would not be risked "after picking up a knock" at the KC Stadium on New Years’ Day – an injury which is expected to be okay within the next 48-72 hours. Martinez can ill-afford to lose one of his most consistent performers in recent years having seen his side slump alarmingly in Premier League – lost four consecutive games - coinciding with a number of high profile injuries to Leon Osman, James McCarthy and Darron Gibson as well as John Stones and Tim Howard. Martinez will also need to check on the state of another defender Sylvain Distin after the centre-back limped off with a groin problem on Tuesday.
Jan 7 - 10:43 AM

Everton lost their third straight league match, a first under the reign of Roberto Martinez, as a lack of confidence and subsequent errors cost them in a 2-3 loss to Newcastle United.

Newcastle arrived to Goodison struggling with three losses on the trot and the atmosphere pre-match was one of optimism for the Toffees that today would mark a positive turn in their season. Instead, they were booed off of their ground at the final whistle. The day began perfect, as Arouna Kone put them ahead on five minutes after finishing from a Seamus Coleman cross. Then the wheels began to fall off as Newcastle scored three unanswered. Kevin Mirallas would score from a precision pass by Leighton Baines to give the Toffees a chance late, but it was not enough. Roberto Martinez made seven changes to his side from Boxing Day, more than any other manager. He probably wishes he could make twelve changes to his XI if it were possible.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 01:19:00 PM

Goodison Park is not a fun place to be right now following Everton's frustrating 0-1 loss to Stoke City.

The Toffees had been sputtering and this fixture looked to be ripe for a turnaround. Instead, one terrible scenario after another unfolded. Leighton Baines looked to be breaking away for a clear chance on goal when he was brought down from behind by Jonathan Walters but the referee would only issue a yellow card. Then just moments later, Bojan was brought down in what looked like a soft foul by James McCarthy and Stoke were awarded a penalty which Bojan converted. Then, just before halftime, Tim Howard came up limping and had to be replaced to begin the second frame. Meanwhile Everton were creating more than their share of chances, dominated possession, had more shots on targets, took more corners, but just could not for the life of them find the net. Roberto Martinez is a respected manager and Everton had big dreams entering this season having locked up Romelu Lukaku permanently, but something has gone wrong for the Toffees and their fans want things to change post haste.
Source: NBC Sports
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 12:11:00 PM

Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Everton left back Leighton Baines is "in contention" for Sunday's match with Spurs, along with several other players carrying doubts.

While the news is promising on Baines as compared to earlier in the week, Martinez is by no means making it easier on fantasy managers with that statement. He has had a reputation of deeming a player available and said player not so much as making the squad, with Ross Barkley being a prime example over the past few seasons. The other players on the list of being "in contention" include Gareth Barry, Steven Pienaar, and Steven Naismith. None of these players can be recommended for fantasy this week as a result, but if you have been holding onto Baines, you will just need a viable backup option and cross your fingers.
Fri, Nov 28, 2014 06:17:00 PM

Leighton Baines was removed from England's squad with an unspecified injury according to Everton's official website, and will miss the Euro qualifiers against Slovenia and Scotland.

The only information given in the report was that Baines had "a problem in training". Naturally, we cannot speculate much without at least knowing the type of injury involved, but one would hope the lack of detail at this time is due to it being of the minor variety. Still, he is a fantasy giant and we will be monitoring the situation so expect an update soon.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 01:41:00 PM

Leighton Baines scored his second goal of the season, increasing his stat line to two goals and six assists through 11 games.

Sebastian Larsson opened the scoring on the day via direct free kick in the 67th minute, but Baines equalized for Everton in the 76th minute (via penalty) after Seamus Coleman was brought down in the box by Connor Wickham. Everton have struggled to record clean sheets this season (three total), but if Baines can keep getting on the score sheet it won't matter. However, with home matchups against West Ham and Hull coming up over the next few weeks Everton should do better.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 12:34:00 PM

In light of Roberto Martinez's shakeup to his front six in Everton's win over Burnley, the safest area to invest for fantasy purposes is in defense.

No one should be required to hear a sales pitch regarding the merits of Baines and his fellow fullback Seamus Coleman, but they may well be worth the hefty price tags they carry as their spot in the XI is all but set in stone whereas the status of players such as Ross Barkley, Aiden McGeady and Steven Pienaar appear difficult to predict. Normally, you would expect a lone striker, Romelu Lukaku with Barkley as the attacking midfielder tucked behind him. But with such an effective shift put in by the likes of Samuel Eto'o, it would be hard to picture a veteran of his caliber being benched. He waited for a start and made the most o f it. For what it's worth, Wilfried Bony looked terrible in his League Cup match with Liverpool yesterday. An ineffective Bony would make a Toffee defender all the more attractive to own when the Swans travel to Goodison Park this weekend.

Leighton Baines assisted two of Everton's three goals and the Toffees got back to their winning ways with a tidy 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

Roberto Martinez made a few changes to his typical XI, most notably with Ross Barkley handed a start immediately upon his return from injury. The team selection paid off. Baines sent one of his signature crosses into the box which Phil Jagielka headed home to give the Toffees all the scoring they would need. Romelu Lukaku grabbed his third league goal of the season shortly after the second half started and Seamus Coleman put the game to bed after being teed up by Baines to notch his second of the season. The usual fantasy giants of Goodison Park were the ones to own today, and with a kind schedule ahead, may be worth holding onto.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 12:08:00 PM

Everton have announced via their official Twitter that Roberto Martinez has signed a new five year contract to stay with the Toffees at least until the end of the 2018/2019 season.

Everton have their man and he is a good one, leading the Toffees to their highest point total in Premier League history in his first season, threatening a Champions League spot up until the final few weeks. He did a fine job of handling the squad's developing players, employing an effective defensive unit during tough injury times, and keeping his players happy. Everton brass will probably expect a Champions League showing at some point during his tenure but they will need to add some depth and figure out how to replace Romelu Lukaku.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 05:21:00 PM

With Ashley Cole's exclusion and subsequent international retirement, Leighton Baines will be England's starter at left back for the World Cup where he'll be joined by teammate Ross Barkley.

Barkley is unlikely to be more than a late-match substitute but his teammate is finally out of the long international shadow cast by Ashley Cole. Roy Hodgson will certainly be leaving himself open to criticism by starting a relative international novice like Baines who, despite his age, has started relatively few matches of any import for England in his career. The counter argument is that Hodgson, Baines and Johnson playing wide and Steven Gerrard at his deepest midfielder has strong attacking options all over the field.
Mon, May 12, 2014 05:56:00 PM