Everton

Keep him at all costs: Everton must halt potential MLS move or risk making massive blunder

According to TEAMtalk, Everton’s long-serving left-back Leighton Baines could be set to follow team-mate Wayne Rooney out of the Goodison Park exit door for the MLS

At the age off 33 and with a new manager in Marco Silva at the helm, a possible transfer away from Everton after an 11-year spell with the club would certainly make sense for all parties involved. That being said, there are reasons for – that arguably outweigh the reasons against – for Baines to remain in Merseyside.

For example, Bayer Leverkusen’s Wendell and Germany international Marvin Plattenhardt have been targeted by Silva as potential long-term successors for Baines, as reported by Sky Sports.

And while either would inject some freshness into the side at the left-back position, selling the £8m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Baines means that Everton would need to unnecessarily sign two players for that area of defence – if Silva wants two senior options.

The England international may not be able to play 38 games a season anymore, but he’s still a very capable defender and would be a solid cover option to have if Everton signed Wendell or Plattenhardt to become the team’s number one left-back.

Retaining Baines also gives Silva the opportunity to slowly introduce Wendell or Plattenhardt into the side, giving them time to acclimatise to a new league.

Baines, understandably, won’t be able to dominate the left flank as he has done in previous Premier League campaigns, but the England international is definitely worth keeping around at least until the end of his contract.

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