For a long time now, Everton have been one of the Premier League’s strongest teams outside of the top six.
And since Farhad Moshiri became majority shareholder of the club back in 2016, Everton have had the resources to go that one step further. However, for all of the Toffees relatively solid campaigns in English football’s top flight and the money Moshiri has pumped in, there’s simply nothing to show for it – yet.
That is a disappointment for fans and players alike – none more so than Leighton Baines.
The £7.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) defender has been one of the division’s best left-back for years now and, in his prime, probably could’ve played for a Champions League side.
For instance, Manchester United under Everton and Baines’ former manager David Moyes, bid for the 33-year-old back in 2013 (via Sky Sports) is an indication of the level Baines was once at.
Baines also competed with Ashley Cole – who many consider to be the best left-back of this generation – for a spot in the England team, to further put things into perspective.
Considering how highly-rated he was in his position, if Baines finishes his career without having won a single career honour, the England international will no doubt have some regrets.
Baines could be set to leave Goodison Park this summer, with TEAMtalk reporting that the defender could is set to follow team-mate Wayne Rooney to the MLS.
But unlike Rooney, Baines would be leaving without a trophy to his name after a career in England, in which based on ability, much more could’ve been achieved.