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Leighton Baines

29-Year-Old Defender     Everton  Premier

Birthdate:  December 11, 1984    Birthplace:  Kirkby, United Kingdom    Height:  5' 7"    Weight:  163 lbs    Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a new four-year contract in January 2014.

March 30, 2014    Leighton Baines News

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Baines grabbed an assist on a late goal by Steven Naismith in the 3-1 win over Fulham on Sunday.

Baines has been slowly getting back into his offensive form. With Everton making a late push at a Champions League spot, Baines will surely garner every start as they need to win nearly every game. Baines and Everton host Arsenal this weekend in a must-win to keep those hopes alive.

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March 22, 2014

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Baines converted a penalty Saturday in the 3-2 win over Swansea City.

This is good to see from Baines, as he has been lacking in goals this season. This was his first goal since January 1, and only his second since September.

February 22, 2014

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Baines played a full 90 minutes Saturday, but had his shutout and a win stolen in the 93rd minute to Chelsea.

Baines' slow season continues to disappoint and chances have been few for the attacking defender. He has only 15 shots on the year, and amazingly only three on target, a big contrast from his 36 shots last season, with 12 on target. He has been sharing free kick chances with Kevin Mirallas lately and it has really hurt his fantasy value.

January 27, 2014

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Everton and Baines agreed to a new four-year contract, Sky Sports confirmed.

Baines was the subject of a failed bid from Manchester United and former manager David Moyes last summer, and has now committed his future to Everton.

January 15, 2014

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Baines is reportedly close to signing a long-term deal with Everton, ESPN reports. The club has consistently turned down bids for Baines since the summer transfer window and are hopeful to extend the defender beyond when his contract expires in June 2015.

Baines has been an integral part of the Everton defense but is also a great fantasy contributor. He has been near the top of scoring for defenders the past two years and staying with Everton could help sustain his consistency.

January 12, 2014

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Baines played the full 90 minutes Saturday and helped Everton keep a clean sheet in their 2-0 win over Norwich City. Baines finished the match with just one shot attempt but provided plenty of value defensively by helping prevent Norwich City from scoring.

Baines has now played in three consecutive Premier League matches for Everton. While back spasms prevented him from playing in the FA Cup, it does not seem like any of his injuries are serious enough to prevent him from playing in Premier League matches. Baines continues to be an excellent fantasy option as a defender thanks to Everton's ability to prevent their opponents from scoring. If he can start to repeat his offensive explosion from last season, it will make his value sky rocket.

January 7, 2014

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Baines sat out last weekend's FA Cup match against Queens Park Rangers due to back spasms, but manager Roberto Martinez does not think they will be an ongoing issue, the Independent reports. Martinez said Baines "was just a back spasm and he is recovering as we expected so I don't think he's going to be too far from being able to train. I would say Leighton will be back in training on Thursday."

Had Saturday's match been a Premier League encounter, it's possible that Baines could have been in the starting XI. Not to discount the FA Cup much, especially since Martinez has stated recently how much he enjoys the event, but it's clear that the Premier League matches hold more importance, especially given Everton's place in the table.

January 1, 2014

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Baines scored a late penalty in stoppage time in order to salvage a point for Everton on Wednesday.

Amazingly, that's Baines' first goal in his last ten starts. Baines has been a bit out of form dealing with injuries and transfer rumors, but now that he's healthy, look for him to contribute a bit more in fantasy.