Leighton Baines' position at Everton could be under threat

Sam Allardyce looks on from the stand during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce is keen to sign a left-back in the January transfer window.

Leighton Baines of Everton gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on August 27, 2017 in London, England.

Leighton Baines could return to Everton to find his route back to the firs-team blocked, if Sam Allardyce gets his transfer wish at Everton.

Baines has suffered a set back on his comeback from injury, which could leave him ruled out over the next few weeks.

Baines was expected to returning the near future, but it now looks as if he could be on the treatment table until next month.

Leighton Baines of Everton in action during the Premier League match between Everton and Burnley at Goodison Park on October 1, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

And by the time Baines returns to fitness, his starting place at Everton could well be in jeopardy.

According to the Mail, Allardyce wants to bring in a new left-back at Everton next month, as he looks to strengthen his options.

Sam Allardyce looks on from the stand during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Allardyce has been forced to play Cuco Martina out of position on the left hand side of his defence so far, and he has coped well, but a new left-back is still seen as a priority in January.

And if Allardyce does complete that signing, then Baines’ future in Everton’s first-team could be under threat by the time he is fit to play again.

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