5 Reasons Why Leighton Baines Should Be a Contender for EPL Player of the Year

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5 Reasons Why Leighton Baines Should Be a Contender for EPL Player of the Year
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With around six weeks to go in the 2012/13 Premier League season, the destination of the title appears certain with Manchester United 15 points clear at the top. Barring another miracle from Wigan (and they are doing their best again) the relegation issue seems pretty set too, with the current sides in the bottom three favourites to go down.

One of the accolades yet to be decided is the identity of the Premier League Player of the Year.

Traditionally it has gone to a key member of whoever wins the title or to someone who has had such an outstanding season their efforts simply cannot be ignored.

There are the obvious favourites: Robin van Persie, Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez, Michu, Juan Mata, Andy Carroll (joke).

Somewhere in amongst all those names should be Everton's mopped-top, hot-shotted, left-back, Leighton Baines

It will be difficult for Baines to win (and he probably won't), but here's why his name should be firmly in the hat.

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