Gareth Barry hails Everton teammate Leighton Baines as an assist-machine

Leighton Baines

Gareth Barry says that Leighton Baines is an assist machine for Everton.

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry says that Leighton Baines is an 'assist machine' after the full-back set up his fifth goal of the season on Saturday.

Baines played a key role in the Toffees' 3-0 win over Aston Villa, creating two goals for his side, and it has led to Barry paying testament to his ability.

Everton play with an attacking style, which puts an importance on both full-backs going forward, and he believes that fact that one of Baines's assists for Seamus Coleman was fantastic to see.

"I mentioned to him after the game, he’s an assist machine, isn’t he?” Barry said to Everton's official site. 

“He just gets in the right position, pops in the cross and when Seamus is getting on the other end it just shows you the way we want to play. Attacking full-backs, one assisting the other is fantastic.”

Everton have made a slow start to the campaign, but they will be hoping to click into gear. With Ross Barkley returning to full fitness, they carry a much bigger attacking threat and it was on full display against Villa.

The side are still in the bottom half of the league, but they are not too far off the European spots that they had aimed for at the start of the season.

The challenge for the Toffees will be to break into those places as quickly as possible now, and Barry believes that the side's win over Villa can be the catalyst in their turnaround.

“We know it has been an indifferent start," he said. "But at the same time, we have played well and we haven’t panicked.

“When we get positive results like we did against Villa we know we have a strong enough squad to kick on. Hopefully this is the start of a good run.”

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