One of the givens in English Premier League football is that if the non-big spending clubs have a good player, eventually the big spending clubs will come snatch up that player. For a bit during this January transfer window, it looked like Everton FC would be losing one of the most solid players on their squad in left-back Leighton Baines.
While that deal would have been upsetting for Everton fans, they did have a nice replacement in 23-year-old Costa Rican international Bryan Oviedo already playing well for the team. Key word there being they did have Oviedo before he suffered a serious leg fracture during Everton’s FA Cup win at Stevenage on Saturday.
BREAKING: Defender Leighton Baines has signed a new long-term contract #EFC
— Everton (@Everton) January 27, 2014
Everton announced on Monday that they had agreed to a new long-term deal with Leighton Baines that will keep the England international at Goodison Park through 2018. It had been rumored that Manchester United,with former-Everton manager David Moyes, had submitted numerous bids for Baines during the past summer.
Baines has been an absolute rock on the back-line for Everton since signing in July 2007 from Wigan Athletic. He has made 265 appearances for the club over his seven seasons, contributing 25 goals. His solid play has earned him a well-deserved call-up to the England Men’s National Team, currently sitting at 22 caps for the Three Lions.
One of the keys that has made new-manager Roberto Martinez and the Everton season very successful to this point has been their consistent lineups. With 12 players who have made at least 14 starts, and the four on their back-line with at least 16 starts. Everton is sitting out of the European spots right now, but are still within striking distance sitting one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool, whom they meet on Tuesday at Anfield.