Baines hails quality of Everton midfield

Everton left-back Leighton Baines believes that the club’s current midfield is the best that they have had since he arrived at Goodison Park in 2007, Sky Sports is reporting.

New manager Roberto Martinez added two central midfielders to the existing squad in the summer, as James McCarthy came in from Wigan Athletic for £13m, and Gareth Barry signed on loan from Manchester City, both on transfer deadline day, adding to the likes of Darron Gibson, Leon Osman, and the highly rated Ross Barkley.

Gibson has recently returned to action following a lengthy spell on the sidelines, and Baines is excited at the quality that is now available to Martinez in central areas. He said: “It is great to see someone of Gibbo’s quality back, it just adds to the strength we have in the squad – there is plenty of competition for those places in midfield especially.

That is great for the manager and it gives him the opportunity to rotate sometimes and that is only going to help us. From what I can remember it is (the best midfield ever), just because of the quality we have and there are a lot of players fighting for places.

We have Steven (Pienaar) to come back (from injury) so if we have everyone back fit, we will have a really good squad and the manager has some decisions to make.

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