Michael Ball speaks highly of Everton defender Leighton Baines

Leighton Baines of Everton warms up with his team mates prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park on March 10, 2018 in Liverpool,...

Leighton Baines played for Everton against Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park in the Premier League at the weekend.

Leighton Baines of Everton and Anthony Knockaert of Brighton and Hove Albion battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Everton and Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison...

Michael Ball has highlighted in The Liverpool Echo the importance of Leighton Baines to Everton.

Baines featured for Everton in their Premier League game against Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park last Saturday.

The 33-year-old left-back played well for the Toffees, who got the better of the Seagulls 2-0 at home.

The England international defender has been on the books of Everton since the summer of 2007 when he joined from Wigan Athletic for an initial transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £5 million and earns £70,000 per week as salary at the Toffees, according to The Daily Star.

Leighton Baines of Everton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park on March 10, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Former Everton left-back Ball was following the match against Brighton, and the 38-year-old was impressed with the performance of Baines.

Ball wrote in The Liverpool Echo: “Saying that Leighton Baines makes a huge difference may be the understatement of the season.

“His return gave the team balance, he has a timing of pass that they've missed, a left-footer on the left hand side and the confidence to get forward.”

Leighton Baines of Everton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park on March 10, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Relegation worries over?

The win against Brighton has pretty much confirmed Everton’s status as Premier League club for the 2018-19 campaign.

It is hard to see the Toffees suffer a dramatic collapse in the final weeks of the season, and fans will now hope that the team push for a place in the top eight or top seven.

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