Tim Howard says that Everton teammate Leighton Baines is not a left-back

Everton

Everton goalkeeper TIm Howard believes Leighton Baines has played in the wrong position for his entire career.

Tim Howard has been quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying that he doesn't believe Leighton Baines should be a left-back.

The goalkeeper selected Baines to play in the full-back position in a best XI of players he has ever played with, but he feels that the England international could have been even more effective if played further forward. 

Howard says that Baines has the credentials required to play on the left wing, as he is so gifted at creating chances for others.

"He has mastered so many trades on that left side," he said. "He's a brilliant defender, but when it comes to going forward to assist in attack, he's second to none. In fact, I don't think he should be a left-back."

Howard and Baines have been at Everton together since 2007, so few players know the left-back's game better than the American international.

Baines has consistently shown that he has the ability to rampage forward, but he has had a wonderful career at left-back.

The 30-year-old has made 318 appearances for Everton, and has also managed to win 30 caps for England.

Whether those totals would have been surpassed if he had played as winger is open to debate, but Howard's comments serve as further endorsement of Baines' attacking qualities. 

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