5 Potential Replacements for Leighton Baines at Everton

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5 Potential Replacements for Leighton Baines at Everton
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In Leighton Baines, Everton are fortunate enough to possess one of the top attacking left-backs in the modern game. Assured in defence, he has become a chance-creating marvel going forward and currently leads Europe's major leagues in the creative stakes. 

Whilst this is a blessing on the pitch for the Toffees, it also means he constantly appears in gossip columns, linked with glamorous moves away to Europe's premier clubs.

Speculation is particularly intense at this time of year with a transfer window approaching, although a move away in January looks distinctly unlikely at the moment.

Everton are currently in a tussle for a Champions League spot whilst trying to convince their manager to extend his tenure at the club, which surely means only a monumental bid could pry Baines away.

Offloading a star player would not only jeopardise and possibly derail this season's fine progress, it could also affect David Moyes' desire to commit his future to the club, a risk Everton's hierarchy would surely be unwilling to take. 

Despite chances of an imminent move being remote, given how essential he is to his side's approach and how unpredictable football can be, existing without Baines is still a scenario Everton should be thoroughly prepared for.

Therefore, here's a look at a few players with the potential to come in and perform in a similar way to the England left-back, should that day ever arrive.

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