Leighton Baines delivers a stern warning to his Everton teammates

Leighton Baines

Everton still have plenty left to play for this season, according to left-back Leighton Baines.

Everton left-back Leighton Baines has warned his teammates that they are playing for their futures during their remaining nine Premier League fixtures, the Daily Star report.

The Toffees currently sit in 14th spot in the table, six points ahead of Burnley in the drop zone and in relatively little danger of being sucked into a late relegation scrap.

Owing to their recent Europa League exit, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Goodison Park outfit’s players have little else to play for this season other than pride.

However, Baines has warned his teammates that is not the case as a number of players are now playing for their future at the club following a disappointing campaign.

"You have got your own personal standards. In the last few seasons, we have been striving for something towards the end. This is now a bit different,” he explained.

“We have got some important games coming up and we are in a position we don't want to be in. The sooner we get a couple of wins on the board, the better. But it is about your own personal standards.

"The boys have got to keep their standards up, you know? I think with the way things have been going, you are playing for your future in some respects. I think that is a useful way of looking at it."

Do Everton need a shake-up this summer?

Everton’s decline this season has been surprising to many, especially after they managed to bring back last season’s big success story Romelu Lukaku on a permanent deal.

Yet it isn’t their forward play which has been the problem this campaign, but more their inability to keep clean sheets and more importantly hold on to leads during games.

Roberto Martinez’s side have conceded 41 times in the league so far this season, two more than the entire 2013/14 campaign and the most on average per match for a number of seasons.

The former Wigan Athletic boss was brought in to add an attacking flair which David Moyes couldn’t quite muster, but while he’s arguably succeeded in that task, it has come at a cost for the defence.

The Spaniard deserves more time as boss on Merseyside, but a couple of new defenders and a real holding midfielder is a must if they wish to avoid a repeat of their current sub-par campaign.

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