Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a £15 million bid for Everton left back Leighton Baines according to the Sun. If the rumours are true, what are the positives and negatives for him?
Leighton Baines is fast emerging as one of the most sought after left backs in the game. He is solid defensively and offers a great deal going forward, he is also lethal in dead ball situations and PSG are in a good position outmuscle their rivals for his signature in a financial sense.
Baines is likely to get the same sort of playing time at PSG that he gets at Everton. There wouldn’t be any reduction in his playing time and Carlo Ancelotti will be aware of his nature and character having spent two seasons in the Premier League as manager of Chelsea.
Financially the move has the ability to substantially increase his current pay packet which would provide even more security for him, his family and friends. PSG have one of the largest wage structures in European football which means Everton could be hard pushed to match any offer put in front of him.
Geographically it is a good move because moving between Paris in France and England will be much easier than going back and forth to Germany, Spain or Italy. It means Baines would not have to up root his family and move them to an entirely new area should he decide to play for PSG.
Baines has no experience of playing French football. He could go to PSG as a high profile signing which would mean pressure to hit the ground running. It takes any professional player time to adjust to the tempo of football in another country and the move could affect him in this sense.
One of the reasons Baines has played so well at Everton is because of the manager David Moyes. Baines will sweat blood for his current manager because he knows he will be taken care of both on and off the pitch. He may not get a similar level of security from Carlo Ancelotti which could cause him to stay in Merseyside.
His place would not be completely secure at PSG because of the high calibre of players the club currently have. PSG have a larger squad of players than Everton which means Baines may be rotated more frequently, causing him to become frustrated and possibly resentful that the left back slot is not one hundred per cent his.
Do you think this would be a good or a bad move for the Everton full back?
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