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Everton fullback Baines wants to improve scoring record

Everton fullback Leighton Baines wants to improve his goal scoring from open play.

Baines contributed more assists than other defender in the Premier League last season with 11, and was only behind Nani, Didier Drogba and Cesc Fabregas in the top flight creativity stakes.

Baines, 26, also chipped in with a respectable seven goals in all competitions - but says he is ready to seize more opportunities in front of goal.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "I tend not to take shots on from open play - I am not sure why to be honest. I did shoot a bit more when I was younger but I think I had a bit more licence to back then.

"I think here at Everton there always seems to be another pass on or something different rather than taking a shot on, which sometimes feels like you are taking a bit of a punt, but maybe I will start having a go at some point.

"It is certainly a bonus. Goals are not the most important thing I need to do for the team, but it is something I like doing if I can and I was really pleased with my best tally for a season, hopefully I can improve on it next year.

"But for me, getting the assists is probably more important than scoring the goals because it is an important part of my game."

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