Player Performance Analysis: Leighton Baines Vs West Ham

Player Performance Analysis: Leighton Baines Vs West Ham

Everton fought back admirably at Upton Park on Saturday, although at half-time, three points looked little more than a dream. The Blues were lethargic in the opening period, with several players seemingly running through cement, and West Ham deserved their lead at the interval. Needing swift improvement, a brace of half-time substitutions revitalised Everton and provided the platform for victory. James McCarthy plugged the midfield gaps alongside the impressive Gareth Barry, while Romelu Lukaku offered the attacking threat lacking beforehand. Nonetheless, …
Leighton Baines continues to excel | Stats Analysis

Leighton Baines continues to excel | Stats Analysis

Creating the most chances of any Premier League player this season, much has been made of Leighton Baines’ attacking prowess. Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Swansea highlighted his creative talents with the visitors employing an extra right back in a bid to halt his forays forward. In fairness to Michael Laudrup, the plan worked to an extent with Baines not quite at his best. However, in spite the shackles placed on him, Baines (7) still managed to create more chances than …
Leighton Baines Leads the Way | Comparison with Europe's Creators!

Leighton Baines Leads the Way | Comparison with Europe's Creators!

Players with added ability and specialist skills can transform football teams with Leighton Baines falling into that category. These players have the capacity to change an average side into a good one, a good one into a very good one and so on. For a number of years, Baines has added another dimension to the Everton setup and his partnership with Steven Pienaar is among the best left-sided pairings in Europe. Potentially the finest attacking left back since Roberto Carlos, …