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Leighton Baines | Defensemen

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/11/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 165

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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. Jan 27 - 2:00 PM
Source: Sky Sports

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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
Jan 20 - 10:37 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.
Jan 7 - 12:14 PM

Leighton Baines converted a penalty chance in 2nd half injury time, allowing Everton to escape The Brittania with a point in a 1-1 final.

It was a point Everton didn't deserve today as they looked sluggish against a more organized Stoke side. Nevertheless, Jermaine Pennant was slapped with the foul, bringing Leon Osman down in the box to set Baines up for his first goal since returning from a lenghty injury spell. He is still the most productive defender in fantasy and should see a jump in price with a home match against Norwich next. Scoop him up immediately if you want him.
Jan 1 - 11:58 AM

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has not discussed a new deal with Leighton Baines, but insists that his prized left back (or anyone else on his team) is not for sale, unless their valuation is met.

Martinez: "We have never been in a situation where the valuation has been matched with Leighton. As a club we don't need the money. We don't need to balance the books and that is a situation we wanted to have - to make football decisions, not financial decisions. We don't want to sell Leighton. When you are in a position when you have to bring money in, then you are relying on what you can sell. We are not in that position. We're not in talks with him about a deal. We don't have to say it publicly but nobody is for sale." The 29-year old England international still has 18 months left on his current deal, but several high profile suitors are lining up a bid for him in January. Manchester United is one of them.
Source: Sky Sports
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 01:58:00 PM

Leighton Baines is making good progress, and could return from injury sooner than expected. This will cast doubt on Bryan Oviedo's fantasy value going forward, but may not be an issue for this week.

Manager, Roberto Martinez, was coy about Baines being available for this weekend's match against Swansea, but it definitely sounds like he'll be available to play some part over the festive period. Everton have a nice run against Sunderland, Southampton, and at Stoke City, before facing QPR in the FA Cup.
Source: Everton FC
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 12:37:00 AM

In a recent interview for Everton's offcial website, Leighton Baines expressed his desire to return to action in time for the busy festive period but could not provide any more clarity on when that return should be expected.

There isn't much to glean from this report but as long as Baines is out, his lofty price tag need not interfere with a manager's budget. Bryan Oviedo has filled in well both in fantasy and reality and it should make for an interesting transfer window for Everton as Baines' potential for a move seems more conceivable with the emergence of Oviedo. Hopefully you bought the latter when he was priced extremely cheap.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 12:14:00 PM

Roberto Martinez updated the timetable for Leighton Baines' return from a toe injury, stating he thinks the left back will be out for another 3-4 weeks.

According to the timetable, Baines could be back around Christmas or just after New Year's. That is a busy part of the Premier League schedule so the difference between three weeks and four could mean an extra couple of matches. Bryan Oviedo has filled in admirably and should continue to do so for a few more games.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 10:01:00 AM

Everton boss Roberto Martinez gave an update on Leighton Baines' status in his recent press conference, stating the left back was making good progress with his toe injury, but could not provide a timetable for his return, going so far as to say Baines may not be ready until the New Year.

Martinez originally claimed Baines could be out from a period of 10 days to six weeks. 10 days would be in time for this weekend, six weeks is the New Year, so there is little clarity as to which side of that timetable Baines falls on. Meanwhile Bryan Oviedo got a crack at Baines' role and flourished, so Martinez can utilize this opportunity to see more of him.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 09:12:00 AM

Roberto Martinez attempted to offer a bit more clarity on Leighton Baines' toe injury, stating that the left back could be held out of action from a period anywhere between ten days to six weeks.

This is a large enough timetable to serve Thanksgiving dinner on. With the holiday period approaching, a potential six week layoff could mean missing out on several games for Baines....or technically, he may only miss one. The fantasy fallout is determining who will deputize in his absence. Gareth Barry filled in for the remainder of the derby, and according to Roberto Martinez, "We have got other players at the football club who can play in that position, from Bryan Oviedo to Tony Hibbert and Sylvain Distin to John Stones." Regular Everton defenders don't come cheap. It would be best to wait and see who gets first crack at left back before gambling on a budget replacement.
Tue, Nov 26, 2013 11:41:00 AM

Leighton Baines is facing a month out with a fractured toe, suffered during Everton's pulsating 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Saturday.

This is very bad news for Everton, who are about to enter a tough period of matches against the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Swansea City over the next four weeks. Not only does Baines offer defensive stability, he's also a huge attacking threat down the left, so Roberto Martinez may consider giving left wing-back Bryan Oviedo a run in the side to ensure he does not need to make major tactical alterations.
Source: The Guardian
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 05:48:00 AM

Everton XI: Howard, Baines, Jagielka (c), Mirallas, Distin, McCarthy, Lukaku, Barry, Barkley, Pienaar, Coleman Subs: Joel, Jelavic, Oviedo, Deulofeu, Naismith, Osman, Stones

Roberto Martinez makes no surprise changes to Everton's XI in their trip to Villa Park.
Source: Twitter
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 09:15:00 AM

Everton came from behind twice to finish with a 2-3 win over West Ham, the 2nd and 3rd goals coming from free kicks courtesy of Leighton Baines.

Lethal from set pieces, Baines showed once again today why he is worth every pound in fantasy with the most accurate left foot in the business. (Yes, I am including you, RVP) Both free kicks were results of Ross Barkley storming into the area and being brought down at the top of the box by Mark Noble. Both offenses resulted in a card, so Noble was sent off with the 2nd. Baines stepped up with a different corner of net in mind for each kick, and netted both times with pinpoint accuracy. If you have the budget and Everton are playing a non top 5 side, own him.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 01:05:00 PM

Everton begin the 2013/2014 season with three draws on the trot, playing to a 0-0 final at Cardiff City.

While the Toffee's attack is currently struggling to find some cohesion, that's back to back clean sheets to provide faith in their defensive abilities. However, through three games, Leighton Baines, a perennial favorite defender in fantasy, isn't showing the involvement offensively so far that we've come to expect to justifies his heavy price tag.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 12:42:00 PM

The word on the street is that Everton have turned down an improved offer from Manchester United for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini but the Toffees aren't commenting.

Whether this is a negotiating tactic to drive the price higher before an eventual last minute sale or Everton are just not letting things play out in the media isn't clear. Manchester United have apparently upped their bid from £28 million for the pair to £36 million. It definitely seems like the numbers are getting closer to the neighborhood where an agreement could be reached. The danger here is that Baines could be held out of this weekend's match (Fellaini could as well but he's not nearly as good a fantasy play as Baines).
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 02:22:00 PM