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Leighton Baines

29-Year-Old Defender     Everton  Premier


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


Leighton Baines Contract Information:

Signed a new four-year contract in January 2014.

August 6, 2014    Leighton Baines News

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Baines had a somewhat disappointing season last year scoring four goals and grabbing five assists, but looks primed to surpass those numbers with the depth of the Everton squad this year.

This may be the best Everton squad Baines has played for and it may show in his numbers in the upcoming season. As for usual, Baines is in the top five for defenders in fantasy this season and there's no reason why he shouldn't finish in the top five again and possibly approach double digits assists for the first time in his career. With that said, it remains to be seen if he will continue his attacking ways or if manager Martinez will ask him to play a more defensive position.

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Leighton Baines: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

June 22, 2014

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Baines will not face Costa Rica on Tuesday in the World Cup due to a hamstring injury, the BBC reports.

Baines will be replaced in the starting XI by 18 year old Luke Shaw. England have already been eliminated from the knockout round, but Costa Rica can win Group D with at least a draw.

May 30, 2014

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Baines had four goals and five assists in 32 games this season for Everton.

Baines is arguably the most important player for Everton; not only is he the catalyst for one of the top defenses in the Premier League, but he also is a great attacking defender. The only disappointment for Baines was his scoring chances, with only five shots on goals all season. He's proven to be a deadly free kick taker though, so he's as reliable as a defender as you can get in fantasy.

May 3, 2014

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Baines played a full 90 minutes and got a rare start at midfield after having a knee scare this past week in the 2-3 loss to Man City on Saturday.

The midfield start is something to monitor here with Baines. He is such an attacking threat it wouldn't be surprising to see Everton permanently move him up to the midfield. He has been struggling to get goals and assists this season, so this switch may help him get out of that slump. With that said, they only have one game remaining against Hull and this may just be a one-time experiment.

April 29, 2014

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Baines is expected to be fit for Saturday's match against Manchester City, reports the Liverpool Echo. He was forced off late from Everton's match against Southampton over the weekend but has since responded well to treatment and is expected to be play in the crucial match at Goodison Park.

Baines has been one of fantasy's top defenders again this season but will have a tough matchup against the high scoring Manchester City squad. A clean sheet is unlikely, so Baines might have to provide some offense to provide fantasy value.

April 27, 2014

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Baines picked up knee and calf injuries during Saturday's loss to Southampton, the club's official web site reports.

Baines will be assessed in the coming days, but manager Roberto Martinez said "it shouldn't be too bad." It's tough to take that without a grain of salt, as Martinez said after last weekend's match that Kevin Mirallas was suffering from cramps, only to find out his groin injury will keep him out for the rest of the season.

April 20, 2014

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Baines converted on a penalty in the 28th minute in the 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday.

Baines has been quiet this season when it comes to goals and assists, but his defense has been some of the best of his career. This may be a change of philosophies as Everton migrate from the David Moyes style to a new Roberto Martinez brand. This new style doesn't rely on as much attacking from the fullbacks and it draws more attention to defense. Everton play Southampton next weekend in another must-win to keep Champions League hopes alive.

March 30, 2014

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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.