Baines invited to extend Goodison career for another season

Wednesday, 3 June, 2020 66comments  |  Jump to last

Everton have offered Leighton Baines another one-year contract extension, according to reports.

The 35-year-old's current term expires whenever the 2019-20 season ends but he will be given the chance to sign on for another 12 months to provide back-up to Lucas Digne.

Baines was succeeded by the Frenchman as the Toffees's first-choice left-back in 2017 but has been called upon to deputise and has always acquitted himself well, often displaying the traits that made him such a Goodison crowd favourite and under-appreciated international for England.

If the veteran agrees to what could end up being his swan song in the Premier League, it would be his fourteenth for his boyhood club following his £6m move from Wigan Athletic in 2007.

Baines is one of 18 players at the club (including U23 and loan players) whose current deals are set to expire at the end of June and the club have until 23 June to inform those personnel whether they will be offered short-term deals to cover the remainder of the interrupted campaign, which could yet run into late July or August.

Decisions over whether to temporarily extend the contracts of Oumar Niasse, Cuco Martina and Maarten Stekelenburg, none of whom are expected to remain beyond this season, will be made later this month according to Paul Joyce of The Times.  

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Martin Reppion
1 Posted 03/06/2020 at 19:06:43
I don't know if the current situation will lead to a change of contract dates going forward from a given set date, ie, June 30, to 'end of season 2020-21' etc, which actually makes far more sense.

Once a season is over, at whatever date, a player should be able to look to his next year's appointment. The same applies to clubs.

Currently, a player under contract between the last game of the season (usually mid May) has 6 or 7 weeks when they aren't playing for the club but could get injured and be a club liability.

Jim Hardin
2 Posted 03/06/2020 at 19:42:56
He deserves it after his performances with Digne injured. hope so. One of the quietly classy and underrated players to ever wear the uniform, in my opinion, and my favorite Everton player. When he is finally done, it will leave me with the same feeling that something is missing and never replaced just as it was after Joe Morgan left the Reds (Cincinnati, not those closer to Goodison Park).

On a lighter note, I watched the Netflix miniseries, The English Game, and the lead character looks like he could be his brother (or maybe Baines was moonlighting).

Stay healthy all!

Mike Gaynes
3 Posted 03/06/2020 at 20:02:29
Well said, Jim #2. (But I gotta point out that Morgan played more seasons for Houston than the Reds.)

Leighton Baines makes Everton better just by his presence in the club. And he makes the side better by his presence on the pitch. Let's hope this renewal sees out his career at Goodison and he never wears the uniform of another club.

Mike Doyle
4 Posted 03/06/2020 at 20:23:04
Jim [2], Sam Hoare - who regularly posts on this site - wrote one of the episodes of The English Game.

He'd know if the actor playing the lead role was indeed Bainsey – with a convincing Scottish accent.

Sam. please confirm?

John Raftery
5 Posted 03/06/2020 at 20:25:49
Our best left-back of the last 50 years. He has been spotted running along the lanes of Formby during recent weeks. He has kept himself fit, as one would expect of a model professional.
Tony Abrahams
6 Posted 03/06/2020 at 20:39:11
A model pro, who has been criminally under-used over the last couple of seasons, especially when Digne, looked tired and could have done with a rest, which would only have helped them both for different reasons. This signing makes sense and gives Leighton Baines one last chance to finally win a trophy for the blues🤞
Joe McMahon
7 Posted 03/06/2020 at 20:47:07
It's a real shame that he will probably end his career without a winners medal, same with Jagielka.
Paul Birmingham
8 Posted 03/06/2020 at 20:47:30
Shrewd move by the club and we know what we'll get: reliability, class, quality and experience.

Dave Brierley
9 Posted 03/06/2020 at 22:01:58
One of our best ever. He could have played a lot more this season and on his few appearances he still looked really good to me. Delighted he's here for another year, crazy though that year might be.

As Paul above has said, sheer class.

Martin Mason
10 Posted 03/06/2020 at 22:07:48
I hope that this leads to a spot on the coaching staff. He's been a great servant of the club if that could ever be used to describe a modern footballer.
Colin Glassar
11 Posted 03/06/2020 at 22:12:22
His only weakness was stopping crosses into the box but aside from that one of the best in a long line of great Everton left backs.
Doug Harris
12 Posted 03/06/2020 at 22:19:51
Leighton Baines has been a model example of how to be a professional football player. Pure class and in my eyes second only to Ramon Wilson and not far off that.

Here he is in the twilight of his career and one would expect he would immediately take the left back position from the current holder if and when requested...

That is no slight on Lucas Digne's abilities.
Mike Connolly
13 Posted 03/06/2020 at 22:29:32
Normally when we give our older servants 1-year extensions, it's out of loyalty and he's one of us. However, in Baines's case, it is loyalty and merit, it's not a gesture keeping him, it's a necessity.

When he covered for Lucas, he did a fantastic job. Baines did such a good job, we did not miss Digne as much as we thought we would. A true professional.

Si Pulford
14 Posted 03/06/2020 at 23:08:22
The last of his type.
David Currie
15 Posted 03/06/2020 at 23:10:44
He should have played more games this season as Digne has not played well, The first shirt I bought my son was with Baines on the back. Class player on and off the pitch.
Mat Thompson
16 Posted 03/06/2020 at 23:24:24
Deserves it all, one of my favour players, happy to have him on board for as long as poss!
Jerome Shields
18 Posted 03/06/2020 at 23:35:17
Everton have absolutely no choice but to offer Baines an extension. By getting rid of Antonee Robinson, not getting centre-forward cover last Summer, and a sticky plaster approach to the left-back position, an extended loan looking Kenny (lucky Seamus is so motivated), they were already short in depth.

Not looking forward to the end-of-season blitz, I fear the worse for Everton's largely hit and miss squad, after another, this time enforced, extended break, which they never come back from with any evidence of work.

Brian Murray
19 Posted 03/06/2020 at 23:35:56
Made up for the lad. However, it begs the question where is the Marcel Brands of PSV. Unearthing gems and being creative. So far, he has been nearly as disappointing as Steve Walsh. Get a grip, kidda.
Mike Price
20 Posted 03/06/2020 at 23:38:28
We really are Nostalgia FC. We've given charity contracts for decades.

He's finished and has barely ever been good enough. Can you imagine him playing for Liverpool? You'd attack him, destroy him and love that he played for them.

I know I'll get pelters, because he likes cool music and he's a cool dude, but he's stole a living at the level we pay him, for a decade and now. We're giving him another few million because the Italian manager that had never heard of us before, or him, has been taken in! Would he sign him for any of his previous clubs? Even in his prime? Not a sliver of a chance.

When are we going to get ruthless and professional? Nothing ever changes, we're a joke Liverpool would never do this and all their fans are loving this. It's sickening.

Sorry to all the apologists, because I know you love the club and mean well but we're a joke when it comes to contracts and signings. Btw, I like him, he's done a decent job for us and seems a good bloke; he's just not a winning footballer.

Mike Gaynes
21 Posted 04/06/2020 at 00:13:39
"Apologists"? "barely ever been good enough"?? "stole a living"???!?!

Eat it, Mike Price. Single most idiotic post I've ever seen here.

Brian Wilkinson
22 Posted 04/06/2020 at 00:21:52
I have heard some bollocks in my time but Mike @20, that is right there up there with them.

I doubt there are many fitter players at our club. Baines has looked after his body and certainly last season when he covered for Digne, Digne was not missed.

Not out of sentiment or anything else, Baines certainly deserves another season, he has earned it and not let the team down. What you get with Baines is nothing but 100% effort and work rate, he still has a season or so left yet.

Only a bad injury stops us talking the same about Coleman who has lost that bit of pace, likewise with Jagielka, three brilliant servants of our football club.

John Cook
23 Posted 04/06/2020 at 00:24:13
Agree totally, Mike Gaynes.

Mike Price, if you think Baines has "barely ever been good enough". I'm afraid you know fuck all about football, lad.

Alex Fox
24 Posted 04/06/2020 at 00:33:21
#20. Madness.

"Barely ever been good enough"?

Between 2011 and 2014, he was possibly the best left back in Europe. He's arguably been our only world class player of the last 30 years.

A brilliant footballer and utterly deserving of another season. Even at 35 he's one of the better back-up full-back options in the league. We're lucky to have him.

Andy Peers
25 Posted 04/06/2020 at 00:38:21
Price at # 20,

I would agree of players in the past Never Leighton Baines, that guy is why we love EFC.

Michael Williams
26 Posted 04/06/2020 at 00:41:58
Seeing as the club has not been able to develop a left-back, they have confidence in they are pretty much forced to bring Baines back. I'm sure he'll be on lesser wages and he'll be fine as a backup in limited appearances.
Fran Mitchell
27 Posted 04/06/2020 at 00:49:05
I would assume it is on a reduced pay, and for that reason seems a good idea.

Fact is, we need to replace so many players, so signing a back-up left-back really would be a bit of a pain, and a drain on what will be limited resources in a limited market. Baines has been quality, and when needed we can rely on him.

Now, he is a tad too slow which means he liable to be caught out of position more often than we would want. This has happened when he came into the team in most recent games.

But all-in-all, he'll give us solid back up.

Still think it's madness that we sold Antonee Robinson for ٟ million mind.

Jay Wood

28 Posted 04/06/2020 at 01:20:01
Mike Price = Complete Spanner.
Andy McNabb
29 Posted 04/06/2020 at 02:32:46
Jim Hardin #2 of course!! It was bugging me all the way through that series. Suter the Shooter is really Bainsey with a tash!

Still can't view the team owner as anything other than Dot Cotton, a member of the OCG working for AC12.

Jack Convery
30 Posted 04/06/2020 at 02:52:43
Class Act on and off the pitch. Glad to hear this as it makes real sense.

Jerome Shields
31 Posted 04/06/2020 at 04:00:21
Mike #20

Baines was a really good right back and can still put in a performance. I am not in favour of Everton's one-year extension contracts, but I do believe Baines always tries to give of his best, and can put in a solid Premier League standard performance.

I would say he is professional in his training and I have never doubted his attitude. Glad he is available, but would have preferred the situation was different.

Eric Myles
32 Posted 04/06/2020 at 04:11:58
I can see the others that are out of contract getting extended deals until the transfer window opens and they can move on as free agents.
Bob Parrington
33 Posted 04/06/2020 at 04:42:46
That was a Mike Price wind up if ever there was one!
Eric Myles
34 Posted 04/06/2020 at 04:51:44
Boyhood club? So you mean he was in our academy before moving on? Or he has supported us?

I thought it was well known he was a boyhood RS?

Lyndon Lloyd
35 Posted 04/06/2020 at 05:29:45
Eric, (34) I suppose it depends on how you define "boyhood". He started out a red, lost interest, went to the '95 Cup Final as a Blue but admittedly didn't start "properly" following Everton until he was 14. Still a boy, I would say.
Alan J Thompson
36 Posted 04/06/2020 at 06:06:23
This probably says more about the misgivings concerning the transfer market in terms of both finances and healthwise particularly any possible second wave. Has any announcement been made about changes or suspension concerning FFP, FA financial rules or for that matter movement across borders? It may also mean that there may be some bargains around when the full financial impact on clubs is known.
Eric Myles
37 Posted 04/06/2020 at 06:48:04
Lyndon, I thought his family were still reds until he came to us? I remember something about his Dad being a season ticket holder?
Jerome Shields
38 Posted 04/06/2020 at 08:12:47
Eric (#32),

I think that yours is the first realistic quote regarding the current transfer window on ToffeeWeb unless Moshiri and his mate are going to come up with a shed load of money in some roundabout way.

They are being watched, with the outcome of the enquiry into his mate's forward sponsorship money, and the current crisis does not help.

The Premier League were grossly negligent in negotiating the Media contract in not having a get-out clause or related insurance to cover a loss. This end-of-season blitz should have been a standalone end-of-season competition, not this sham that only suits our neighbours. Many of the clubs and their fans are an afterthought, are expected to play along, it is this sham which may be detrimental to the future recovery and standing of the clubs after the crisis.

By trying to maintain this season, the Premier League is inadvertently writing off next season.

Jerome Shields
39 Posted 04/06/2020 at 08:46:09
The season should have ended as it did in the First and Second World Wars as a mark of respect for those that died in the pandemic. The End-of-season blitz should have been run as a Club, Player and Fan sponsored fund for those left behind in difficulty. What they will get is token gestures.
Mike Price
40 Posted 04/06/2020 at 09:27:25
We're so starved of real top-class players, we worship decent players; our standards are so low and we drip with sentiment.

He never had any pace or aggression and his size meant teams targeted him in dead ball situations. He couldn't get close to players so crosses were whipped in all too frequently.

A decent player with a nice left foot who linked well with Pienaar for a few seasons. A quiet, nice man and a decent player who never won a thing, unfortunately.

Sam Hoare
41 Posted 04/06/2020 at 09:34:46
Baines has been excellent. Hugely intelligent passer and one of the best left pegs I've seen in my time as an Everton fan.

That season when he had the most assists in Europe was testament to the fact that he was more than a 'decent player'.

I wouldn't want to rely on him too much next season if Digne got a bad injury but you know Baines will keep himself fit and ready and that kind of professionalism is so useful, both on and off the pitch.

Doesn't seem there is a particular left-back pulling up trees in the academy so I suspect we will need to buy some cover there next summer (or January if Digne gets injured).

Liam Reilly
42 Posted 04/06/2020 at 09:56:13
It's is a good calculated gamble to keep Baines on as back up and save some money, because I'd be surprised if there's not sweeping changes elsewhere across the backline in the summer.

Phil Sammon
43 Posted 04/06/2020 at 09:58:43
Mike Price

It's been a long time since I read such drivel.

There's no sentiment about it. Baines has been a quality player. If you don't recognise that then you are quite simply wrong. The fact that he hasn't won anything with us is not a stick to beat him with. If we had more players of his calibre over the last decade then we'd have come a lot closer to trophies.

Tony Abrahams
44 Posted 04/06/2020 at 10:07:33
I think Baines shows more aggression when he goes forward with the ball, than he does defensively, Mike.

I think he has definitely still got something to offer though, especially considering Ancellotti (he got the sack off Chelsea, after losing to Everton) likes his teams to play in a 4-4-2, which definitely suits Baines, and helps him play to his strengths.

Jerome Shields
45 Posted 04/06/2020 at 11:01:24
Mike #40,

To a certain extent, what you say is right: we have accepted – hook, line and sinker – a standard of achievement for years that was not going to win anything. And to a certain extent we also have accepted a certain standard of individual performance to be our guide in accepting what is the standard of our good players.

Some of the players have been of a high standard but, when they remain at Everton and are content to do so, they can get tarred by the same bush as the lowest performing player.

Everton have no choice but to offer Baines an extended contract. He is worth it under the circumstances, but it shows also what Baines could have achieved with his abilities.

If the Management and the ethos of the Club had been better and up to higher achievements, rather than getting themselves over time, into the situation of having to offer a 35-year-old an extended contract and hope he agrees to sign it.

One-year extended contracts for aged player say a lot about a club's level of achievement. In the past at Everton, they have been parental and cheap. In Baines's case, it is necessary.

Joe McMahon
46 Posted 04/06/2020 at 11:09:49
Mike, where I would agree about the mawkish sentimentality is the ones calling for him to join the coaching team. Yet another ex-player, how many do we need?

Surely someone on the coaching team needs to be a leader and vocal. Leighton Baines has never been either. He was however for about 4 years the best left-back around, after Ashley Cole.

As back-up, hopefully on a lower wage to do a job. I don't think anyone else is gonna offer him a contract, and I doubt he would go, unless Unsworth goes to manage Wigan (as rumoured), then he may take Leighton with him.

Martin Berry
47 Posted 04/06/2020 at 11:19:38
Leighton never lets us down and he deserves another year, also we need cover so it's an easy call.
Nicholas Ryan
48 Posted 04/06/2020 at 11:36:15
Mike [20]. We are not Nostalgia FC, we are 'Necessarily Pragmatic FC' ; there's a subtle but important difference.
John McFarlane Snr
49 Posted 04/06/2020 at 12:08:27
Hi Mike [20],

I had to read your post twice to ensure that what I was reading was actually not some sort of mirage. After castigating the club and Leighton Baines, in your opening sentences, you finish off by saying "Btw, I like him, he's done a good job for us and seems a good bloke, he's just not a winning footballer." I wonder how you regard people you don't like.

Hi Jerome [31],

You say that "Leighton Baines was a really good right-back and can still put in a performance." I'm well into the autumn of my life, and like a lot of people my age I find that my memory is not as good as it was... I can't recall him playing at right-back. I'm not saying he hasn't, I'm merely saying that I can't recall it.

Frank Sheppard
50 Posted 04/06/2020 at 13:02:45
One of our very best players in last 20 years. I wonder if he might move away to get some game time?
Jim Hardin
51 Posted 04/06/2020 at 14:14:16
Andy M.,

I thought it might be Baines from the crosses Suter was sending in. Maybe Baines was the stand-in/ action double!

Sam H.,

Did you write the line for the owner of the shirt factory about having orders from clubs that included Everton?

Mike P.,

I cannot even believe that you and I are thinking of the same player based upon your scathing review. However, it is your opinion and I can respect that you hold one even if I cannot respect the opinion itself.

Alan McGuffog
52 Posted 04/06/2020 at 14:52:30
Baines is useless. And Kylie doesn't have a nice bum.
Tony Everan
53 Posted 04/06/2020 at 14:59:55
He played well when he came into the side when needed last season. Prepared and fit, the man is a true professional. From that evidence, he will serve as a quality trusted backup for one more year, it is a sensible decision. Now let's talk about the central midfield.
Lenny Kingman
54 Posted 04/06/2020 at 15:02:53
Bainesy may end up being our Paolo Maldini who was the greatest left-back ever to have played football. In longevity terms I mean. Obviously.

That said, he will have to keep going till he's 41 to achieve that. Unrealistic but if he keeps as fit, as others have mentioned, then who knows. Sorry, Mike. 😉

Brian Wilkinson
55 Posted 04/06/2020 at 15:21:59
I would say the biggest hair-on-neck moment last season came courtesy of Baines. You had to be at Goodison for those final brief moments to know what I mean.

2-nil down to Leicester and we pull one back, decibels start to rise, cue final few minutes, step up Leighton Baines with not just an unbelievable goal, but a roar that has not been heard for many a season, those few minutes before the final whistle were deafening.

Just a shame we blew it with the penalty kicks as yes, I know Baines had his saved, but, before the end of 90 minutes, Baines brought Goodison alive again.

Jerome Shields
56 Posted 04/06/2020 at 17:21:38
John #49,

Of course. . . right back.

Robert Tressell
57 Posted 04/06/2020 at 18:35:00
Alan @52: Kylie's bum looks like it has another season in it to me. Just checked YouTube for the latest scouting videos. Should hold up with more botox injections.
Des Farren
58 Posted 04/06/2020 at 19:22:03
There are none so blind..
Mike Gaynes
59 Posted 04/06/2020 at 19:27:07
Robert, in her case, that would qualify as a Performance Enhancing Drug.
Colin Malone
60 Posted 05/06/2020 at 11:46:49
What's happened to his testimonial, which favours charities?
Colin Gee
61 Posted 06/06/2020 at 02:22:14
Baines deserves another year. No disgrace in saying that he is the second-best left-back I have seen at Everton in many years watching the Toffees. Pat van den Hauwe being the best.
Karen Mason
62 Posted 06/06/2020 at 15:08:24
Alan @52,

Baines is useless, Kylie doesn't have a great bum and can I add, Calvert-Lewin doesn't have a whole body to die for, never mind bum!

Bainesy may have been one of our best, most intelligent & loyal players, but importantly, still is. Thereby deserves the contract offer. Age is just a number. If you're good enough, you're young enough. Simples!

John Davies
63 Posted 06/06/2020 at 15:27:31
Only just jumped on this thread & taken a browse through.

Regardless of the debate as to whether or not Leighton Baines should be given a current contract extension, Mike Price #20 states that Baines "has barely ever been good enough".

Without doubt one of the most idiotic statements I've seen on ToffeeWeb in years. End of.

Bill Gall
64 Posted 06/06/2020 at 15:57:35
Mike #20,

Reading your comments on Leighton Baines makes me think you have only been watching Everton for the last 2 seasons, where admittedly, Baines was like a number of players nearing the end of their careers, relying on their experience and not their pace to get them through the game.

He has been offered a 1-year extension to his existing contract, as he is the best alternative as back-up to Digne at the club, and it is not as a sentimental gesture.

We need to sign players for other positions in this next transfer window plus get rid of other players who are not in the manager's future plans, and that is why the manager feels okay with the left-back coverage, and he can concentrate on trying to get players in for the more critical positions we need.

The other major asset that Baines brings is his professional attitude that younger players take note of, on how to conduct yourself as a professional football player with a major professional club.

That is why Baines and a number of other professionals are retained by their clubs at the end of their careers, for their attitudes toward training, keeping fit, and their overall commitment towards their clubs, and conducting themselves with pride in their playing careers.

Mike Price
65 Posted 07/06/2020 at 12:24:39
I get that lots of people like him. He had a good left foot and a good few seasons with Pienaar.

I've watched Everton for decades and watched them win things. Baines is fairly small and was targeted for this, lacked pace and aggression and did not appear to have a winning character. Carragher said as much about players like him and Osman being friendly in the tunnel before derby games, whilst he and Gerrard wanted to tear our heads off. One set of players won things and the others didn't.

We're so starved of success that decent players over the last 20 years get put on pedestals.

David Greenwood
66 Posted 07/06/2020 at 12:46:40
Can't agree with much you say there Mike.

Only a good left foot? That's just not true.

Baines had a 3- or 4-year spell where he was without a doubt the second-best left-back in the world. Alaba was better but I can't think of anyone else who was.

I do agree with you on our overall 'too nice' approach though. Over the years, you very rarely saw Jagielka or Baines approach a ref and, when they did, it was usually laughing and joking with them when they should have been going crazy at their appalling efforts (blatant cheating in some cases).

Derek Thomas
67 Posted 07/06/2020 at 13:41:10
Mike Price @ 65; I agree, with all you say except the height thing. This was mentioned when Lescott moved inside, yet he coped well enough.

A full-back is only as good as the player covering the space in-front of him. If he has to push too far forward, he can be 9 ft tall and still never reach the ball put over the top behind him.

The rest re the derby etc, spot on. We've been too nice for too long.

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