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Leighton Baines: What would he offer United?

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Everton's full back Leighton Baines was arguably one of the best players in his position in the Premier League last season, matched only by the likes of Ashley Cole & Patrice Evra.

He is now being linked with a move to Manchester United, the champions of England.

Many people are underrating Baines and already saying that he is not good enough for United, however, I disagree. Baines will offer an old style touch to the United defence - something that has to be valued at a time when football has evolved so much.

Baines is a very orthodox full-back, bursting through the flanks and whipping in crosses. One of his greatest assets is his pinpoint delivery. Everton benefited a lot from those crosses last season, and he could offer that at times when wingers such as Ashley Young, Nani and Antonio Valencia have been struggling to put in decent aerial crosses.

Baines' concentration is something I really like about him too, he rarely loses focus in the match. United's defence seemed leaky in this pre-season just gone and at certain points last season.

Patrice Evra often loses concentration and loses his man out wide, thus allowing him to whip in a cross in the box. United were punished for that last season on more than one occasion, and this is another strength Baines will bring to United.

Patrice Evra will be pushed for first team football if David Moyes succeeds in bring Baines to Old Trafford. The Frenchman was not challenged by Alexander Buttner for a first team place last season, and at times that has made him slack off and put in disappointing performances.

With Baines coming to Old Trafford, it would mean Evra would also need to be at his best to fix a spot in the team.

The difficult thing will be to land Leighton Baines in the first place.

New Everton boss Roberto Martinez is just as determined not to let go of his prized assets just as much as David Moyes is adamant he will not sell Rooney.

Baines also wants to feature regularly should a deal fall into place, as he wants to play for England in the upcoming World Cup. If he cannot be assured of a place in the team, he will much understandably prefer to stay at Everton and bolster his chances of going to the World Cup.

Regardless of whether United land Baines or not, I think he would be a great addition to the squad and would definitely tidy up the defence in the wide areas.

However, if we do not land him, I would just give a sigh and move on. United have, and will be, linked with defenders in the future, it is just a question of whether Moyes believes his former teammate could shine under the Old Trafford lights.

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