'Baines Partnership Can Flourish'
Drenthe says Leighton is one of the best
Royston Drenthe hopes he and Leighton Baines can forge a formidable partnership down Everton’s left flank.
The Dutchman has played on both wings since arriving on loan from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day but the majority of his time on the pitch has come on the left, ahead of England defender Baines.
The Blues left-back has enjoyed some fruitful relationships down the flank in the past – most notably with Steven Pienaar – and Drenthe says the signs are good that the two of them can strike up a similar understanding.
“At the moment I am playing with one of the best left-backs in the world. Leighton has really good qualities,” Drenthe told evertontv.
“We had a good relationship right from the beginning and that is really important. He can understand me and I can understand him – I am really happy to play with someone like that.”
The Feyenoord Academy graduate also revealed David Moyes had asked him ahead of the Wolves game to work more in tandem with Baines – a player he knew before his arrival at the Club after they faced each other in Under-21s football.
“It is important that when I am on the pitch I play and fight for the team,” Drenthe added. “The gaffer gave me some jobs to do, to help Bainesy. I played okay, I feel I can do better and be more important for the team. I am not disappointed – I played a good game and we won but I can do more.
“I played against him in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championships. It took 26 penalties to settle that game so I remember him well and he remembers me!”
Victory over Wolves took the Blues up to 12th in the table and came as a timely lift following a run of six defeats in seven.
Drenthe believes a run of good results is just round the corner and that he has every confidence they will climb the table.
“Wolves was a really important win,” he said. “The last game against Newcastle was difficult and we lost it inside the first 20 minutes. After that we have two weeks to wait before we can play another game.
“Wolves came here and people expect us to win. They put in a good performance but we did enough and got that bit of luck we needed and it was important for us to win the game.
“I think when you win games the confidence comes back and the players are feeling that now. Some players need more confidence than others but you always have to play as a team. We did that against Wolves and hopefully we can do that in the next game and get another result.
“It is going to come. We are going to get more points. We have a really good team and we are capable of doing better.”