Marco Silva comments on whether he plans to keep Leighton Baines at Everton

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.

Everton defender Leighton Baines has struggled for appearances at Goodison Park this season, with Lucas Digne impressing.

Leighton Baines of Everton in action during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park on November 18, 2017 in London, England.

Marco Silva has refused to give much away when quizzed by the Liverpool Echo on Everton defender Leighton Baines’ future.

Baines has just months left on his contract at Everton, and he has barely featured this season.

Lucas Digne’s arrival at Goodison Park has seen Banies replaced in Everton’s defence, and his task of breaking back into Silva’s team appears to be very difficult.

 

Digne has been arguably Everton’s best player so far this season, with the summer signing quickly adapting to Premier League football.

Baines has now been linked with a move to the MLS in recent times.

And Silva has hinted that he hasn’t made any decision over whether Baines will be kept on at Everton beyond the end of the season.

A dejected Marco Silva the head coach

"Leighton deserves all our respect, not just because he has been playing here for many years to a high quality, but for the professional he is," Silva said.

"Even when he is not playing he is always there helping. I know his behaviour, even on the bench.

"What the future is we will see at the right moment.”

Baines, who is on a £70,000-a-week contract (Daily Star), looks likely to remain on the Everton bench at the weekend, ahead of their match with Bournemouth.

Everton are currently in 11th place in the Premier League table, and the pressure is on them to pick up a victory.

Leighton Baines of Everton converts the penalty to score his side's first goal to make it 1-1 during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park on...

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