Baines suffered a stomach ailment

Wednesday, 7 November, 2018 11comments  |  Jump to last

Leighton Baines was named on the teamsheet to start the friendly on Tuesday night against Gor Mahia but he failed to appear at kick-off and his place was taken by Beni Baningime. Baines suffered a minor stomach ailment and was left out as a precautionary measure.

Baines should be available to be part of the Everton squad for Sunday's trip to Chelsea despite pulling out of the Blues' SportPesa trophy match against the Kenyan Champions, just before kick-off.

He trained today and is in line to travel to Stamford Bridge, where he scored a famous 119th-minute equaliser in a 2011 FA Cup tie that Everton then won on penalties.

 

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Liam Reilly
1 Posted 08/11/2018 at 08:24:15
A great servant to the club and hasn't moaned once about being left out.

I can see him moving on in January or the summer though as it's unfair to ask him to sit out his final years as a pro on the bench.

Jim Bennings
2 Posted 08/11/2018 at 08:32:58
Liam,

I think he'll stay until the end of the season and I don't think there would be any way Silva would allow or want to lose him in January, he must be the best backup left back in the league by a million miles; if Digne lost form or got injured, then Baines is back in.

Colin Glassar
3 Posted 08/11/2018 at 08:46:08
Bainsey has been one of my favourite Everton left-backs of all time (and I've seen some great ones) but Father Time is an unforgiving old swine. I hope Leighton stays until the end of the season but that position now belongs to Digne. I hope he finds a club that appreciates him as much as we do.
Amit Vithlani
4 Posted 08/11/2018 at 09:10:03
Jim @ 2, agree 100%. I think he can do a job, 10-12 odd games a season, especially in cup ties, or deputising for Digne when injured, suspended or out of nick.

This not sentimental guff. Whilst I think Jags should be allowed to move on, especially if we can land Zouma, finding a good back-up left-back is much harder and there are no youngsters that I can see that he is blocking.

That said, he may fancy more game time and it's not beyond the realms that he could do a job for ambitious promotion hopefuls such as Leeds or Villa. I'd even rate him ahead of Bournemouth's left-back (Daniels) and, given how they like to play, Baines would be a great fit. Bournemouth are not pre-occupied with defending deep, and can play 3 at the back.

Drew O'Neall
5 Posted 08/11/2018 at 10:51:52
I'd give him some game time once the new players are all bedded in and everyone understands their role and partnerships.

There's not a marked difference between the levels of the two players and, if we want to be successful, we need to have two top-quality players in every position.

Baines will become a better player and flourish with the new, better players around him.

I can see a future for Baines, finally part of a competitive Everton squad again, and perhaps he can too... so let's not be too hasty about chucking him on the scrap heap just yet.

Steve Hopkins
6 Posted 08/11/2018 at 13:19:27
He never moaned or agitated for a move when Lescott was keeping him out of the team despite being at an age where he needed to be playing so I doubt he'll be moaning too much now.

Plus, only having one senior, natural left-back caused us all sorts of problems last season so I don't expect he'll be going anywhere soon.

Pete Edwards
7 Posted 08/11/2018 at 13:52:24
Remember the days when this news of an injury would mean we'd be sweating about not having him in the team! Memories ey!

Great player for many years and, as mentioned above, would still do a very good job for 10-12 games over the season.

Michael Lynch
8 Posted 08/11/2018 at 13:53:51
We can't let him go, we need two decent left-backs in the squad and he's one of them. If Digne gets injured, Baines can still do a great job for us.
Robert Leigh
9 Posted 08/11/2018 at 14:20:02
Jim #2 – I agree about his standing as best back-up left-back in the Premier League, apart from Spurs though (Davies & Rose).

We need him until the end of the season; then, in the Summer, we can see if Robinson (on loan at Wigan) is able to be Digne's number two.

There is a lot of football to be played between now and May; Digne can't play all of it given we have the FA Cup. He will have been used to a winter break too which of course he won't have here.

Frank Sheppard
10 Posted 08/11/2018 at 16:39:45
We definitely need to keep him for at least this season. I can still see him playing a valuable rôle at LB or left midfield. We needs club legends like this to stay with the club, and help the youngsters come on, and perhaps even more importantly to try and get across to all our expensive new boys, that being at EFC is special, and not just a healthy meal ticket and a stepping stone to elsewhere. Long me he wear the blue shirt.
Paul Ellam
11 Posted 08/11/2018 at 19:57:52
I have been following Everton since the early 80s and Baines is the best left-back I have seen play for us. He has also been very loyal and for me he is a club legend. However, he cannot play on forever and I have to admit that Digne has done well so far and looks a great long-term replacement for the great man.

I honestly believe we should keep him though (as long as he is happy winding down his game time) and should mix and match a bit with Digne as they are still playing at the same level for me.

It feels a bit like the Cech/Courtois issue Chelsea had. Old pro needs replacing long term but the new man wants to play straight away meaning old pro has to sit it out and this causes problems.

Unfortunately, we all know what happened with Cech, he believed he was still the number one choice and ended up leaving as Chelsea were looking long term.

Whatever Baines does (and I hope he stays) I wish him nothing but good things – he has shown in this modern day footballing world of greed and pampering how real professionals should behave and conduct themselves.

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