Gareth Barry has branded his new Everton teammate Leighton Baines as world class after the defender scored two goals against West Ham United at the weekend.
Baines' goals, both from free-kicks, were special efforts and they helped the Toffee's to a 3-2 win at Upton Park.
That win means that Roberto Martinez, who was appointed manager in the summer after leaving Wigan Athletic, is still unbeaten in sixth place with two wins and three draws from the opening five games of the season.
Barry joined the Goodison Park outfit on loan from the season from Manchester City as he looks to gain regular football to win himself a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad for the summer.
Despite winning the league alongside some global-superstars, the midfielder rates fellow England international Baines as one of the best.
The 32-year-old told the Liverpool Echo: “You can put him in the world class bracket when he’s doing things like that. Two free-kicks in exactly the same spot in different sides of the goal – there’s not too many players in the world who can do that.
"He’s not just got that ability to go forward and score penalties and free-kicks though. He’s so solid at the other end as well and if you speak to Sylvain Disitn I’m sure he loves playing alongside him for his defensive duties too. He’s been very consistent for a number of years.”
The 28-year-old left back has been a regular fixture for Everton since signing from Wigan in 2007 and recently attracted attention from Manchester United, but they had numerous bids rejected.
Everton travel to Fulham for a League Cup tie this week before they return to Premier League action this weekend when they welcome Newcastle United to Merseyside.
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