Everton ace full of praise for the club’s “key cog”

Everton 'keeper Tim HowardTim Howard says defender Leighton Baines is Everton’s “key cog” and deserves more credit.

The England defender has not been recognised by his fellow professionals in the PFA Player of the Year nominations despite having another excellent season for the club.

None of the six selected are defenders but Howard insisted Baines’ contribution was vital to the team.

“With Bainesy at left-back it’s not a glamour position and I think it’s hard sometimes to see just how effective he is,” he said.

“He’s our key cog. We’ve got (Marouane) Fellaini and (Steven) Pienaar and those guys, and obviously Kevin Mirallas, can produce a bit of magic.”

He added: “But without Bainesy this team doesn’t go. It’s just hard sometimes for people on the outside to see that.”

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