After Manchester United failed in a bid to land Everton left-back Leighton Baines, it is pondered whether the 28-year-old should shun the potential transfer in order to preserve his career.
Recently Everton rejected a reported £12m bid from Manchester United, with the Merseyside club seeing Baines as an integral part of the team, in moving forward under the guidance of new manager Roberto Martinez.
Personally, I find it obscure that Manchester United, the Premier League champions, have lined up a bid for Baines, when they already have a reliable left-back in Patrice Evra - who captained the side in absence of Nemanja Vidic, last year.
The failed bid must be leaving Evra, the 32-year-old Frenchman, in doubt over his Old Trafford career. He has come under criticism in recent years for being too attacking for a defender - some feeling he leaves gaps to be exposed in the United defence.
However, the steely full-back has been a constant name on the team sheet for United over the last seven years, after his arrival to Manchester in 2006. It's hard to believe that he would be so cynically replaced.
Plus signing Alexander Buttner last season as a possible protege to current first team left-back Evra, it begs the question about what figure Baines would lead in the United set-up.
Alternatively, at Everton, the 28-year-old could experience a role which may see him at the forefront of Everton's attacking style of play, under new manager Roberto Martinez. During Martinez's time at Wigan he employed a 3-5-2 formation, and if this method is replicated at Everton, this could see Baines fulfil his attacking potential in a more offensive role in the midfield quintuple.
And it is this factor which may persuade Baines into opting to stay at Everton and explore different avenues into his playing career.
Event hough Baines could not be blamed for joining the champions, I think his best interests lie in Merseyside.
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