Baines playing with strong Everton midfield

Defender Leighton Baines claims he is playing in the strongest midfield he has seen at Everton.

"It is great to see someone of Gibbo's (Darron Gibson) quality back, it just adds to the strength we have in the squad - there is plenty of competition for those places in midfield especially," said the 28 year old.

"That is great for the manager and it gives him the opportunity to rotate sometimes and that is only going to help us."

Asked whether it was the strongest Toffees midfield he had played alongside he added on the club's website: "From what I can remember it is, just because of the quality we have and there are a lot of players fighting for places.

"We have Steven (Pienaar) to come back (from injury) so if we have everyone back fit we will have a really good squad and the manager has some decisions to make."

 
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