Everton star outlines what the club need to change from the past three years

James McCarthy celebrates with Leighton Baines after scoring the first goal for Everton

Everton defender Leighton Baines wants to turn Goodison Park into a fortress again.

Everton's Leighton Baines in action with Idrissa GueyeEverton's Leighton Baines in action 

During a wide-ranging interview with Sky Sports, Everton stalwart Leighton Baines explained how the club needs to turn Goodison Park back into the fortress that it once was, and how the team's performances over the past few seasons have led to their vulnerability at home.

The Toffees have actually improved immensely at Goodison Park during Ronald Koeman's tenure, and are currently unbeaten at home after six games.

And Baines highlighted the importance of making their ground a tough place to visit, during an in-depth interview with Sky Sports:

"It's something we wanted to get back to, making Goodison a tough place to come and play. We had probably got away from that a little bit down the years. You speak to other players and they hated coming to our place. I think, from speaking to people, over the last couple of years people quite looked forward to it or didn't mind. We take some pride when people don't want to come to Goodison to play."

Everton's Leighton Baines scores their second goalEverton's Leighton Baines in action

The Blues unbeaten home record will be well and truly tested over the coming weeks, as they prepare to host Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool in their next three games at Goodison.

These will be the kind of games they have to win, or at least avoid defeat, if they are to mount a sustained challenge for European football.

The Everton owners will be hoping that with a man like Ronald Koeman at the helm, and sufficient investment in the playing squad, they have the foundations from which they can build an extremely successful future.

Everton manager Ronald KoemanEverton manager Ronald Koeman

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