Boss Hails 'Best Left-Back'
David Moyes praises Leighton Baines after PFA shortlist omission.
David Moyes has been reacting to the announcement of the PFA Player of the Year shortlist.
Manchester United duo Robin Van Persie and Michael Carrick, Tottenham's Gareth Bale, Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Chelsea pair Juan Mata and Eden Hazard were announced as the six candidates for the annual award, having been nominated by their peers.
But with Blues left-back Leighton Baines in typically consistent form this term - including numerous standout performances at both ends of the field - many pundits were left to ponder Baines' exclusion.
The England international has been instrumental to Everton's push for Europe, both in defence and attack.
In fact, stats revealed that no other player in Europe's top five leagues has created more goalscoring opportunities than the 27-year-old.
Moyes said few players had impressed more than Baines this season and he expects that to be noted when the team of the year is revealed at the end of the campaign.
"I think he should be in the PFA Team of the Year, at least," he said at his Friday press conference.
"I think he's been the best left-back in the Premier League this year.
"He had a really strong first half of the season where he was in exceptional form.“I think the second half has been a bit tougher for him but overall he's been fabulous."