BBC pundit praises Everton defender, poses a question about Roberto Martinez

Leighton Baines

Leighton Baines scored for Everton against Bournemouth in the Premier League at the weekend.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion forward Garth Crooks has praised Everton defender Leighton Baines on BBC Sport.

Baines was on target for Everton in their 2-1 home win against Bournemouth in the Premier League at the weekend.

The England international left-back scored in the 64th minute of the encounter at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon, and it proved to be the winner.

It was the 31-year-old’s first league goal of the season, and Crooks has included the defender in his BBC Premier League Team of the Weekend.

The Englishman has also asked whether Everton fans will now change their views on manager Roberto Martinez.

Martinez has come under pressure this season due to the Toffees’ disappointing performances and results in the Premier League.

Many Everton fans want the Spaniard gone at the end of the season and have staged protests at Goodison Park.

“It looks like Leighton Baines is at it again,” Crooks told BBC Sport. “To think it's his first goal of the season seems remarkable bearing in mind the full-back used to score free-kicks for fun.

“His winner against Bournemouth was emphatic, in fact I don't think I've seen a defender appear so casual about a goal. His finish was almost nonchalant.

“Now Everton have won at home, does that mean their fans will lay off manager Roberto Martinez and let him do his job at least until the end of the season?”

Baines has scored one goal and created 17 chances in 15 Premier League appearances for Everton this season.

The former Wigan Athletic left-back has a pass accuracy of 82% and a shot accuracy of 33%, and has won seven headers, four dribbles and 14 tackles.

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