Everton could lose their poster boy in January with the Express reporting that a deal for Baines is close to being agreed. The news will undoubtedly come as a disappointment to Everton fans if true, but it has been a constantly mooted move since Moyes took over at United in the summer.
Marouane Fellaini was the first Evertonian to move with Moyes but they couldn’t agree on a deal for Baines before the window closed.
Baines has yet again been in instrumental form for the Merseyside club helping them to 6th place in the league, claiming 18 points from 9 games. In stark contrast David Moyes has had to fend off questions about his management already, as United sit in 8th place with 14 points from 9 games.
The current position of United is an uneasy one for owners, investors and Moyes and looks to be a key reason for such significant movements for players a couple of months before the window opens. Whilst not ideal it allows Everton to look for replacements and get ahead of the competition in January.
Here's a look at 5 players that could possibly replace the influential left back in January.
The 27-year-old has already been linked with the Merseyside club as a possible replacement for Leighton Baines and will be one of the first names to creep up should the deal go ahead. The highly impressive and experienced Mexican left back has a very similar playing style to Baines which should help him integrate into the side easily. The Valencia full back was a key part of their side last season which finished 5th in La Liga playing 44 times overall claiming 1 goal and 6 assists.
The highly rated Spaniard has been previously linked with Premier League sides in the past with Everton being one of them. The 21-year-old was promoted to the Sevilla first team in February this year was called up to the Spanish national squad on 4th October 2013. Quite simply one of the most promising left backs in world football currently and could go a long way to replacing Baines in the current side but with a €30 million release clause in his contract, it looks unlikely.
The England under-21 left back has been touted as one of the most promising players in the Premier League in recent seasons. He has been linked with the biggest clubs in the division and was reportedly the back-up option to Leighton Baines for David Moyes in the summer. If Baines was to move to United then it stands to reason the young Southampton full-back could make the move to Merseyside. Despite the recent link to Chelsea, United and Spurs I believe Everton would be a great move for Shaw as he would undoubtedly get to play week in and week out for a team consistently fighting for European football and would be a terrific replacement for Baines.
The 20-year-old Welsh international might be considered a low-key replacement for Baines but he has done a lot to prove himself at Premier League level from such an early age. He made his first-team debut against West Ham on 25th August 2012 and hasn’t looked backed since, becoming a regular member of the swans first 11. Only 20 years old showing all the promise in the world and will have already been known to Martinez in his time at the Welsh club, don’t be surprised if his name pops up in January.
If Everton are to look ‘in house’ for a replacement then the 23-year-old Costa Rican could prove himself good enough to establish his position at left back. Another attack minded left back playing in the shadow of Leighton Baines currently will fancy his chances of proving himself if the position becomes available. Signed in the summer of 2012 from Copenhagen the former Danish Cup Player Of The Year has found first team chances hard to come by, due largely to the impressive form by Baines. Martinez will have seen the player in training and will have an idea on the players skill-set, he has started 2 League Cup games and come off the bench only once in the Premier League so it does seem unlikely for the young man.
Who should replace Baines at Everton? Who would you like to see come through the door.
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