Baines is best for Drenthe

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Royston Drenthe hopes he and Leighton Baines can create a formidable connection down Everton's left side.

The Dutchman, who arrived at Goodison Park in a deadline day loan-switch from Real Madrid, says the signs are good to make an effective partnership with Baines in order to fill the void since Steven Pienaar's switch to Tottenham.

“At the moment I am playing with one of the best left-backs in the world. Leighton has really good qualities," Drenthe told the official Everton website.

“We had a good relationship right from the beginning and that is really important. He can understand me and I can understand him – I am really happy to play with someone like that.”

Baines and Drenthe have faced each other in the past - in the European Under 21 Championships - and it was a game decided by a dramatic penalty shootout. The pair remember it well, as the Dutchman recalls.

“I played against him in the semi-finals. It took 26 penalties to settle that game so I remember him well and he remembers me!”

Reflecting on Everton's win at Wolves, the midfielder added: “I think when you win games the confidence comes back and the players are feeling that now. Some players need more confidence than others but you always have to play as a team.

“It is going to come. We are going to get more points. We have a really good team and we are capable of doing better.”

Everton travel to Bolton on Saturday and will look to build on last weekend's win.

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