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What The Papers Say - June 6

A summary today's Blues talk in the local and national press.

What The Papers Say - June 6

The views on this page re taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.

Liverpool Echo

 

 

LEIGHTON BAINES insists he is in the dark over Everton’s summer transfer plans – but enjoys the club being linked with some top talent.

The Blues’ left-back was a first-half replacement for the injured Ashley Cole at Wembley on Saturday as England were held to a frustrating 2-2 draw with Switzerland in their Euro 2012 Group G qualifier.

Although the national side left the pitch to jeers, Baines’ performance gave supporters reason for cheer with the 26-year-old’s assist for Ashley Young’s equalising goal the stand-out moment in a fine display.

Baines’ performance will do nothing to quell the rumours that the Premier League’s top four clubs are preparing to test Everton’s resolve with a summer bid for their player of the year.

However manager David Moyes has already indicated he believes Manchester City will not be launching a bid and remains confident Baines will remain at Goodison Park.

As for players joining the ranks at Finch Farm this summer, Moyes’ transfer plans are a well guarded secret, even to senior players like Baines, and though the full-back admits he tries to ignore the speculation, talk of German striker Miroslav Klose being on Everton’s radar caught his interest.

“We’re never sure where we’re at,” said Baines on Everton’s plans. As players we never get too involved in the financial side of things.

“But we do know the manager and staff have been working really hard.

“As players we know just about as much as you and anyone else.

“We hear things and just wait and see who comes through the door.

“We get linked with so many players.

“It is nice (to be linked with Klose) and I think it’s a bit of fun for the fans in the summer when we get linked with all these names. But as players we tend not to get sucked into it all too much.


“We just go away, enjoy the summer, come back for pre-season and hope a few good faces do come through the door.

“We enjoy the rumours and gossip on transfers as much as anyone else but when it comes to your own club you can’t buy into it as much and get too excited.

“All you can do is enjoy the summer, come back in pre-season and see what happens.”

Baines replaced Cole after half an hour on Saturday evening and immediately gave England greater attacking intent down the left-hand side.

And within six minutes of the second half starting, Baines laid on the pass for Young’s equalising goal.

“I was just trying to give him an option,” reflected Baines.

“James Milner put a good ball into me and I’ve managed to get it down into Ashley’s path and he has the quality to finish things like that off.

“It was a nice combination which is what you hope to get when you go down either flank. You hope your wide men and full-backs can link up.

“We’re disappointed not to have won the game, particularly at home as well. We’ve still got a few games left and must win the rest of them.

“Ashley’s injury is a plus for me but obviously disappointing for him to be injured.

“Hopefully it’s not as serious as it looks like it could be at the moment so he’ll go for scans and hopefully get the all clear.

“I’ve been in quite a few squads now and it is always nice to get picked but you can’t take anything for granted.

“I’m just working hard and trying to play well for my club and hopefully that shows on the pitch.”

Daily Post

 

 

LEIGHTON BAINES was delighted to take his phenomenal Premier League assister act onto the international stage for the first time on Saturday.

The Everton defender had only been on the Wembley pitch six minutes as a replacement for the injured Ashley Cole when his beautifully cushioned chest down from James Milner’s pass gave Ashley Young the opportunity to score England’s equaliser.

That gave England a 2-2 draw they had barely looked like earning when Switzerland raced into a 2-0 lead, and added to Baines’ remarkable tally of assists for Everton during the last Premier League season.

In the official Premier League statistics, only Manchester United winger Nani, Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Arsenal playmaker Cesc Fabregas supplied more assists than the Everton defender last season.

And in the hour he played against the Swiss Baines got forward regularly producing a stream of dangerous crosses.


On his chest-down for Young the Everton full-back, winning his fifth cap, said: “I was just trying to give him an option. James Milner put a good ball into me and I’ve managed to get it down into Ashley’s path and he has the quality to finish things like that off.

“It was a nice combination which is what you hope to get when you go down either flank. You hope your wide men and full-backs can link up.”

England stayed top of their qualification group on goal difference after the 2-2 draw, with Montenegro also held 1-1 by Bulgaria on Saturday night.

Baines added: “We’re disappointed not to have won the game, particularly at home as well. We’ve still got a few games left and must win the rest of them.

“Ashley’s injury is a plus for me but obviously disappointing for him to be injured. Hopefully it’s not as serious as it looks like it could be at the moment so he’ll go for scans and hopefully get the all clear.

“I’ve been in quite a few squads now and it is always nice to get picked but you can’t take anything for granted. I’m just working hard and trying to play well for my club and hopefully that shows on the pitch.”

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