Baines set to return against City

Tuesday 11 October 2016  5 Comments  [Jump to last]
Leighton Baines will reportedly be fit again for this weekend's visit to the Etihad Stadium.

The 31-year-old missed the last two games against Bournemouth and Crystal Palace with a hamstring injury but was believed to have been close to making the latter fixture but was not risked.

Baines picked up the minor strain in the home win over Middlesbrough and was not selected for the EFL Cup tie against Norwich City a few days later, although it is possible he might have been rested for that game regardless.  

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Karl Masters
1 Posted 12/10/2016 at 00:35:00
Good news. We've been poor without his influence.
Liam Reilly
3 Posted 12/10/2016 at 13:37:18
i agree, Karl,

We only really see the value of Baines when he's out of the team.

Jonathon Laws
4 Posted 12/10/2016 at 16:27:10
Y'know I wonder if that's true – Baines being the winning influence in early season, that is. Not sure Saturday will be the best measure though.
Ian McDowell
5 Posted 12/10/2016 at 16:42:22
If there is one area to get at with Man City, it's their full backs. Get Baines and Bolasie pushing down the left, get the crosses in early to Lukaku. We know how good Stones is at dealing with crosses...
Brian Porter
7 Posted 13/10/2016 at 08:50:05
Not only do we miss Baines when he's not starting for us, I firmly believe the same can be said for England.

Since Leighton was dropped by England without a word of thanks, his various replacements have taken part in some of the worst England displays in living memory. Now down among the dead men, England are disorganised at the back, utterly devoid of ideas in midfield and toothless rather than ruthless up front.

What happened to the days when a new manager would come in and immediately shake things up with the introduction of a couple of new faces, players who might not have been considered by their predecessors? Southgate, much like Allardyce is sticking to the same tired old faces from the same three or four clubs. Even Vardy can't get a start in the worst national side in decades.

England need a Koeman, a manager who will shake things up a bit, bring in new faces and inject new life into the national team. That can also include getting rid of players who have failed to make the grade and bringing in one or two old faces like Baines, much as Koeman has done by bringing in the older, wiser Williams to help steady our back line.

Leighton Baines may be far more influential than some of us think, in more ways than we can imagine. I could be wrong and readily acknowledge the fact but it's just a thought. Hope he makes it back for us on Saturday.

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