Everton must get the new season off with a great start if they are to improve on last season, insists Leighton Baines.
The Merseyside club have a habit of starting the season slow. The Toffees won just three of their first 17 Premier League matches last season which resulted in the side playing catch-up for the rest of the season. The Blues ended up in a very respectable seventh place after losing just five of the remaining 21 fixtures.
When Baines was asked if the side can hit the ground running in the new season, the left-back replied: “We hope so.
“We’re trying to do all the right things now to make sure that happens and not give ourselves a mountain to climb later on. All these games are necessary in terms of building up to the level we need to be at. In the games out here we are still getting the kinks out and there are some mistakes because we are training really hard.”