After scoring two stunning free kicks and putting in a great defensive performance, Leighton Baines led Everton to a 3-2 victory at West Ham on Saturday September 21st.

Baines struck in the 62nd and 83rd minute to keep Everton in the match before Romelu Lukaku scored to give Everton all three points.

Baines, who is 28-years-old is still the second choice left back in the English national team, despite outplaying current national team and Chelsea left back, Ashley Cole.

The Everton star put in arguably one of the best individual performances so far this Premier League season.

According to eplindex.com, Baines held his end on the defensive side as he attempted five tackles and successfully won all of them.

On the other hand, Baines is well known for his versatility on the pitch. That was seen as he completed a staggering 93% of his passes. Baines was second only to Leon Osman who completed 97% of all his passes.

Osman only played 52 minutes before limping off the field with a groin problem.

Baines made his professional debut with Wigan in 2002, at the tender age of 18. At the time, Wigan was in the depths of a 24 team Division Two.

Wigan progressed all the way to the Premier League by 2005, where they finished in tenth place in their first ever season in the Premier League.

It took a while before Baines got his first goal in a Wigan shirt, but when he did, it was the definition of a rocket.

The goal came in a Championship league clash against Ipswich town in which Wigan lost 2-1. Baines was the first one on the score sheet before Ipswich scored twice to defeat the Latics.

After surviving a relegation scare during the 2006-07 season, Baines headed off to Everton for a fee of £6 million.

In his first year at Everton, he played in 22 games as the Toffees secured European Football by finishing in fifth place.

Whilst playing at Everton, Baines improved on all aspects of his game before getting his first English national team call up under former manager Fabio Capello in 2010. In the previous three seasons, Baines has scored 14 goals in 109 appearances for Everton.

Last year, Baines created more chances for his team than any other player in Europe. Baines created a whopping 97 chances for Everton last year, and was ahead of big name players like, David Silva, Mesut Ozil, Luis Suarez, and Santi Cazorla.

Not only was he Europe's most creative player, he was also nominated for the PFA Team of the Year, which was a team that consisted of the likes of, Hazard, Mata, Bale, Suarez and Van Persie. Baines beat out the likes of Ashley Cole, Patrice Evra, and Gael Clichy for the left back spot on the PFA team.

Baines has been proving himself more and more every year.

With Ashley Cole set to turn 33 this year, Roy Hodgson should consider putting Baines in his starting XI ahead of Cole, who has collected 105 caps in his 12 years of playing for the Three Lions.

Baines has undoubtably proven himself as the most dynamic left back in the English Premier League throughout the last three years.

The only competitors who can compete with Baines seem to be Bayern Munich's, David Alaba, and Real Madrid's, Marcelo. Alaba and Baines seem to play the same, as both are deadly from set pieces, and can make great runs down the wing.

It should be interesting to see how Baines continues to play this year. One may find it hard to believe that the Liverpudlian was once too shy to play for his Sunday league as a teenager, and is now the world`s greatest left back.

The World Cup is less than a year away from gracing our presence in Brazil and if England should qualify, Baines is looking to lace up his boots for his country.

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