Reports: Blues waiting on Baines decision

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Everton have offered Leighton Baines a contract extension and are waiting to find out if the defender will commit a further year to the club.

A number of media reports suggest that Marco Silva would, ideally, like to keep the veteran as a valuable backup to Lucas Digne as he was during the season just gone.

Baines deputised for the Frenchman earlier this year when Digne was sidelined either through suspension or injury but the 34-year-old made just five Premier League starts.

That could prompt him to seek an opportunity to see his contract out elsewhere and while speculation that he could make a move to Rangers has been quashed by sources north of the Border, Baines has been linked in the past the a move to Major League Soccer.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Silva would be comfortable promoting Antonee Robinson to the first-team squad should Baines elect not to sign a new one-year deal.

The USA international spent last season on loan at Wigan Athletic and could be ready to use that experience to press his claims at Premier League level.

Baines has spent 12 years at Goodison Park following a £6m move from Wigan and is in a similar situation to Phil Jagielka in that his current contract is up this summer.

Everton are expected to publish their list of retained players this Friday which will reveal which of the current squad have been deemed to be surplus to requirements.

One of those expected to be released is Ashley Williams who spent last season on loan at Stoke City and whose three-year deal is now up.  

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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 04/06/2019 at 06:14:54
Over the years we’ve been blessed with some wonderful left backs and Bainsey is right up there with the best of them.

He’s been a brilliant player for the club so if he wants to go and finish his career somewhere else I think we shouldn’t stand in his way. If not, then give him whatever he wants. He deserves it!

Alan J Thompson
2 Posted 04/06/2019 at 06:15:51
I thought he was rather chatty with Scott Parker after the Fulham game which somebody else also commented on and if Sessegnon goes they might just have a vacancy on a 2 year contract.
Ralph Basnett
3 Posted 04/06/2019 at 07:09:20
Loyalty to a player is one thing but these lads have earned a lot of money from the club and it is now time to move on.

We will never blood youth if we have too many hangers on.

I LIKED Baines but he has ad his time, we need to be more ruthless.

Drew O'Neall
4 Posted 04/06/2019 at 07:54:03
No. This isn’t sentimentality.

Baines is up to the job for another season and Robinson might prove not to be then we have to fund a replacement.

Hopefully he signs on because he’s the best back up left back we have and perhaps he needs to be offered the cup games or some other assurance about his chances to participate.

Minik Hansen
5 Posted 04/06/2019 at 08:10:24
Rather him than any other backup player we have to buy. I don't know Robinson, if he can cut it as a backup, that's cool. But are him and Kenny ready to start together in this team if that's the case?
David Pearl
6 Posted 04/06/2019 at 08:16:03
Its up to Baines but if he wants to play more he should go. Robinson could waste his year being sat on the bench. I hope form allows Silva to rotate a lot better than he did last season.
Neil Lawson
7 Posted 04/06/2019 at 08:25:59
There is no substitute for experience and although Leighton isn't quite the player he was, he still is a top fullback, far better than many in the Premier league, and will never let us down. He should stay. Robinson is a fine prospect and he will get his chance. One bad injury to Deigne or Baines could propel him forward. Hence it shouldn't be a choice between him and Leighton, rather a recognition that left back is one area where we have genuine strength in depth.
On the other flank, I am puzzled by the apparent attitude towards Kenny. Seamus has, happily, reestablished himself, and Kenny remains a more than competent deputy. Why spend a fortune on a replacement who is unlikely to play. The money is better spent elsewhere.
Fran Mitchell
8 Posted 04/06/2019 at 10:04:16
Baines could have 2 decent years still in him. His experience could be s real asset to clubs like Brighton, Villa, Sheff Utd, and the like. Finish his career playing 30 games a season.

We have Antonee Robinson who will gain more from a season shadowing and 'challenging' Digne than playing in theChampionship

Simon Smith
9 Posted 04/06/2019 at 10:10:53
I love bainsey. I still think he has another year in him as a back up, but if he wants to play regularly I don’t think anyone would begrudge him a move.
He has scored some absolute crackers over the years! Particularly 2 away at West Ham!
Pat Kelly
10 Posted 04/06/2019 at 10:26:53
Forecast for list of retained players. Answers on a stamp please.
Bobby Thomas
11 Posted 04/06/2019 at 11:28:57
We have no european football which would have given Baines a chance to get into double figures for starts and play some football.

Looking at it from his perspective, he will be a long time retired. He can definitely play in the Prem regularly for one more season, so if he desperately wants to play then he's best getting off.

It all depends what he gets offered. Would a relegation scrap hold much appeal at 34? If he went to Scotland he could do another 2 or 3 seasons, if that troublesome ankle holds up. Depends where his desire is at and what he wants.

Tony Abrahams
12 Posted 04/06/2019 at 11:39:12
Agree with that line about him being a long time retired Bobby.

Digne has had a very good season, but one of Silva’s biggest mistakes was not rotating him with Baines at times last season, so hopefully our manager will have a lot more knowledge about managing in England, now he’s managed a team for a full season?

Baines has still got something to offer, so if he stays, I can only hope that Silva has told him he’s going to get more football next season.

Paul Birmingham
13 Posted 04/06/2019 at 11:50:35
Total respect for Leighton and whatever descision is decided he has my best wishes.

Some superb dead balls Toon away, West Ham, great deliveries into this he box when him and Peanuts took he mick..

Great memories. I’ve a hunch he’ll go elsewhere and get regular game time, and maybe pick up a medal in Scotland.

Kevin Prytherch
14 Posted 04/06/2019 at 12:07:24
It wouldn’t surprise me if Baines went to somewhere like Burnley. He’s a local lad who has spent all his career in the North West, I’d be surprised if he upped sticks now.
Jim Bennings
15 Posted 04/06/2019 at 12:23:04
I can see Baines signing a one year deal which I’d be quite happy about, and that would then probably see him finish his playing career at least in the U.K.

I have a hunch he will maybe play in the States for a year or two as he’s apparently a huge fan of L.A so could see him ending up playing there until his late thirties.

For some reason I just can’t vision seeing Bainesy in another British team shirt other than ours now.

Jay Harris
16 Posted 04/06/2019 at 16:49:57
Bainsey deserves something out of the game before he retires.

Hopefully he will sign a 1 year extension and get a cup winners medal next season.

I think we should treat him with the same respect he has shown the club and the fans over the years.

Unlike Rooney he could have gone to Man U but decided to stay loyal.

Tony Hill
17 Posted 04/06/2019 at 16:58:20
He was great when needed last season and I suspect he was a large part of the reason why Digne performed on and off the field so well. Full of class and grace is Leighton. I very much hope he sticks around.
Karl Masters
18 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:06:06
Jags has announced he is leaving on Instagram
Paul Bernard
19 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:19:52
Seeing Baines on the touchline was weird enough. Seeing him in another shirt would be heartbreaking. He has earned the right to do whatever is best for him personally. He gave us his best years and is undoubtedly one of the premier leagues best left backs.
Denis Richardson
20 Posted 04/06/2019 at 17:59:46
Great servant but am fine either way here. He’s no spring chicken anymore so sentimentality aside, we’re just looking at a contract for a back up player at the end of the day. With Jags gone he may feel he needs something new but then again would be handy to have him around as one of the older heads.

He’s got enough in the bank so up to him if he wants to warm the bench or experience something new elsewhere. Last throw of the dice for him playing wise.

Main focus for us should be a CH and striker for the summer. And selling Tosun.

Mike Gaynes
21 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:10:29
I hope Bainesy stays. He definitely still has plenty of quality football left in him, and we couldn't ask for a better backup. But if he decides he wants more games that we can give him, as Colin says he deserves every opportunity to do what he wants.

I'm delighted with the report that Silva considers Robinson ready to step up. He's had close to 60 games in the Championship over the past two years, and by all accounts he had a fine season at Wigan despite missing about 20 games with the injury. He turns 22 this summer and this would be a great time for him to break through with the first team.

Steve Ferns
22 Posted 04/06/2019 at 18:42:58
Good to hear Mike. I wonder if Robinson is really ready to be backup though.
Christy Ring
23 Posted 04/06/2019 at 19:20:42
Another superb servant, like Jags, but I believe he wants to finish his career playing first team football, rather than sitting on the bench, behind Digne.
Si Cooper
24 Posted 04/06/2019 at 21:46:30
Could definitely do another season as back-up but he could also be a starter at the next level down. If we have a youngster ready then I’d have no problem if he chose to take the option to make the most of the next couple of seasons.
However, I’d be best pleased if he led a group of fringe players in bolstering one of our Cup campaigns all the way to Wembley.
Kase Chow
25 Posted 04/06/2019 at 23:59:13
One of my favourite all time Evertonians.

Best offensive full back in the world for me (at his best). Simply unbelievable crosses

Unfortunately not excellent at the defensive side and didn’t stop crosses often enough - we conceded a few from his side

But I love the guy - awesome skill. Top top player and should have nailed that England shirt. Was it lack of confidence?

Thanks Leighton

Jim Harrison
26 Posted 05/06/2019 at 06:57:14
CHanged my mind since jags is leaving. If both go we lose our old heads completely

But, moving forwards, we should only be retaining older players who really are still good enough for the first team.

James Flynn
27 Posted 05/06/2019 at 12:21:44
Can part of his decision-making process be influenced by the Club's contract offering including a dramatic cut in pay?

With the mandate to cut roster/salaries, can't imagine Baines being offered anything remotely close to his current wages. I certainly hope not.

As pointed out above, Robinson is back healthy and been out learning his trade for 2 seasons. On low wages.

Besides, we already have a veteran with one year left at low wages who proved a solid deputy at LB in Martina.

Barry Connor
28 Posted 05/06/2019 at 18:17:42
Don't get me wrong as I think Baines has been one of our best ever full backs and is still better than most in the Premier League.

However, it is my understanding that he has a contract which guarantees that he will be paid equal to the highest earning player at Goodison.

On that basis alone, would the club not be better to recruit a younger quality replacement rather than hope that Baines will be able to cope with the speed of the Premier League for another season ?

Incidentally, which idiot at Everton decided that someone else should take penalties for EFC when Baines was playing when he is arguably the best penalty-taker and free-kick specialist we have had.

Joe McMahon
29 Posted 05/06/2019 at 18:30:24
Fab in his day, which was a few seasons ago now. As Kase says he doesn't stop crosses and opposition managers know this. He has had many years at Everton earning a fortune, time for a younger man.
Mike Gaynes
30 Posted 06/06/2019 at 00:10:21
For all you US Blues who are interested, Antonee Robinson is playing right now for the US against Jamaica in a friendly on Fox Sports 1.
Andrew Keatley
31 Posted 06/06/2019 at 00:24:08
Mike (30) - He seems to be playing at left-wingback, and has had a pretty disappointing first 15 minutes; seen plenty of the ball in good positions and repeatedly given it away.
Jamie Crowley
32 Posted 06/06/2019 at 00:29:10
Agree with Andrew. LWB for sure it looks like to me.

Not tracking back much. Playing really advanced up the pitch.

Doesn’t look awful, but a bit disinterested. It is a friendly.

Jamie Crowley
33 Posted 06/06/2019 at 00:31:22
This isn’t a Silva set up - it’s a brain dead USA coach’s system, so it’ll take some adjusting for Antonee. 😜
Mike Gaynes
34 Posted 06/06/2019 at 00:57:10
Yep, Jamie and Andrew, and he's never played that position before. First time I've seen the US use a three-man backline (new manager) and Wigan always used four at the back. So I don't think he's disinterested, Jamie, just a bit diffident about his responsibilities.

He has had some nice passes and a couple of accurate early crosses, but the kid's touch is just awful. I give him credit for trying to beat people off the dribble, but he sure as hell needs to work on that dribble. He can't keep the ball in traffic, probably because he's not used to receiving it with his back to the defender. Usually he's rocketing up the touchline with everything in front of him.

Mike Gaynes
35 Posted 06/06/2019 at 00:59:14
Jamie, Berhalter is only managing his 5th game, and they're undefeated, so I think it's a little early to call him "brain-dead".
Mike Gaynes
36 Posted 06/06/2019 at 01:29:34
Notice how much more confident Antonee is on the ball now, since the US changed alignment and he dropped back to his usual LB position.

This US side really sucks, however.

Jamie Crowley
37 Posted 06/06/2019 at 02:15:53
Mike @35 -

You're correct, I was being purposely harsh.

I'm down on USA Soccer. Not because of the failure to qualify for Russia. It's:

- the acceptance of an obscene pay-to-play culture
- the corruption all over the landscape, even at youth level
- the only metric seemingly they care about is the bank balance
- a ridiculous nepotistic culture
- a sad lack of ignoring a massive swath of US kids in lower economic situations

I want our USMNT to win. It's a passion of mine and I know you're aware of that. I simply wish there were some major changes made inside our system.

The English FA has nothing on our USA Federation. We're a joke, and a crooked one at that.

Jay Wood

38 Posted 06/06/2019 at 02:28:34
I'm watching Brazil-Qatar in a friendly before the Copa America kicks off in a few days. Qatar, bizarrely, will be playing in the South American Euros equivalent.

Any hows, at halftime Brazil are 2-0 to the good thanks to our boy. Headed the first, picked out Jesus a treat for the City man to score the second.

Best player on the park. Expect Brazilian commentators to lobby he should move to a 'big club' if he has a good tournament.

Also, Neymar went off after just 10 minutes with his ankle wrapped in ice. What with the rape charge he's had a grand few days.

Mike Gaynes
39 Posted 06/06/2019 at 03:54:36
Jamie, can't argue with a word of that. Agree with you down the line, and missing the WC is the proper comeuppance for all that.

Jay, thanks for the report.

Paul Burns
40 Posted 06/06/2019 at 12:02:48
Well past his best.
We're not a retirement home, he's already a multi-millionaire.
Sentimentality will kill us.
James Ebden
42 Posted 07/06/2019 at 14:01:20
Baines has resigned, and Williams released according to BBC
Brian Harrison
43 Posted 07/06/2019 at 14:15:59

I have just been on the BBC website and they are saying Williams has been released and Baines has been offered a 1 year extension. Also all reports from local journalists is that he will indeed sign a new 12 month contract.

Matthew Williams
44 Posted 11/06/2019 at 13:57:34
Great servant to the club... but time is up now.
Kevin Dyer
45 Posted 11/06/2019 at 17:34:57
Presumaby the delay in him signing has been about weighing up his options, which come down to whatever status teams are offering, wages, contract length, level etc. I'm glad we haven't gone nuts for a change and offered more than 1 year and hopefully at backup wages, which would be less than half his last contract of reportedly 75k pw. He provides veteran cover for a season and some continuity, allows Robinson to go on loan. Hopefully Dogne stays fit all year though because the drop-off now between him and Haines is huge.

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