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Leighton Baines | Defensemen

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

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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

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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

Leighton Baines was subbed off in the final moments of Everton's loss to Southampton with a knock that will be assessed by the Toffees' medical staff.

According to Roberto Martinez, the international left back felt pain in his knee and calf, but the extent of the injury has yet to be determined. Obviously, it would be a major blow to Everton's hopes of catching Arsenal in their final two matches should Baines miss any time, but his reputation is one that says he will play if at all possible. With a single match against Manchester City in a gameweek filled with double fixtures next weekend, his services for fantasy are not vital.
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 12:36:00 PM

Leighton Baines delivered a top performance against Manchester United, scoring the game-winning goal and keeping a clean sheet as the Toffees keep pace with Arsenal for the final Champions League spot in a 2-0 win over Manchester United.

Everton needed to bounce back from their midweek loss to Crystal Palace and they did so in convincing fashion. While United had won the possession battle, the Toffees would not allow them any major scoring chances, as Tim Howard had very little to do. Neither side looked especially threatening until nearly a half hour in, when Romelu Lukaku blasted a shot that Phil Jones got an arm on and a penalty was awarded. Baines converted and is now 13 for 13 in that situation, an unmatched record in the PL. Before the end of the half, Seamus Coleman streaked down the right flank on a counter attack and fed Kevin Mirallas who scored his eighth goal of the season from a very tight angle. It was cruise control from then on. Everton now have the task of winning away to Southampton next week while Arsenal host floundering Newcastle. Advantage: Gunners.
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 01:19:00 PM

Leighton Baines agrees to a new long-term deal with Everton FC.

The star England international left-back put pen to paper on Monday, inking a 4-year extension that will keep him at Goodison Park until 2018. Head coach Roberto Martinez was very pleased when discussing the news with the press, "He [Baines] has been performing as one the best left-backs in European football and the best is yet to come. To have Leighton with the focus and tranquility to be at Everton for the long term is an incredible boost." Baines missed some time with a foot injury, but has rebounded nicely since returning. He has a goal, an assist and a clean sheet in two of his last three games.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Jan 27, 2014 02:00:00 PM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez commented on the importance of keeping Leighton Baines at Goodison Park long term after the team's 1-1 draw with West Brom on Monday.

Martinez: "You know how important he is for us. He is in the best moment of his career and has got a real maturity which allows him to think on the pitch and make good decisions. He's not just a player, but a real icon of our football club, so clearly we want him to stay as long as we can. There is nothing to announce at the moment, but the way he's playing, he's looking to try to progress and develop. He is a player that you can imagine everyone at the football club would love to see him enjoying his football here for a longer period." With the way Martinez is talking it looks as if Baines will remain at Everton for the long haul.
Source: Sky Sports
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 10:37:00 PM

After missing out on the FA Cup match with Queens Park Rangers over the weekend, Leighton Baines is expected to return to training tomorrow and be available for the upcoming league match with Stoke City.

Baines missed the cup tie because of back spasms but Roberto Martinez indicated to Everton TV that he expects his prized defender to be fit this weekend. Check back for another update before the deadline but those looking at Baines for the coming gameweek should feel comfortable investing. Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin are both expected to be out of action for a couple more weeks, so for those not brave enough to pony up the cash for Baines can still opt for Antolin Alcaraz as defensive coverage for the Toffees.
Tue, Jan 7, 2014 12:14:00 PM