Leighton Baines proves his importance to Everton in win over Newcastle

The England left-back was in impressive form for the Blues, both defensively and offensively.

As left-backs go, there are few who have beaten the performances of Leighton Baines over recent years.

A key component of David Moyes' time at Everton, the England defender has seen his role change under new boss Roberto Martinez as the side altered their style of play.

That change has seen Baines play a somewhat less important role in this Everton side over the last two years, however, against Newcastle United on Sunday, he was back to his imperious best.

  PositionTeamMatchTotal Att AssistWon TackleDuel WonAerial WonInterception WonAccurate PassFwd PassAppearancesMins Played
Leighton Baines DF Everton Everton vs Newcastle 3 6 9 1 4 33 13 1 90

While he hasn’t quite managed to live up the attacking full-back role he created for himself under Moyes, Baines' display against the Magpies saw him back to that best, registering three attacking assists throughout the game.

Elsewhere his passing was also impressive as he registered a high 33 accurate passes during the game, 13 of which were forward passes as he sought to get side on the front foot.

In defence he also proved impressive, managing to win six tackles while also intercepting and breaking up Newcastle attacks on four separate occasions. He also impressed in the duels he had, winning nine of them and one aerial one as well.

A solid performance from the Everton and England left-back then, who once again showed his strength not only lies in going forward, but in defence as well, and arguably why he is the number one at both club an international level.

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