Former Everton star Ratcliffe: Baines would be bigger loss than Fellaini

Everton legend Kevin Ratcliffe believes the potential loss of Leighton Baines would hurt the club more than Marouane Fellaini’s mooted departure.

Everton legend Kevin Ratcliffe believes the potential loss of Leighton Baines would hurt the club more than Marouane Fellaini’s mooted departure.

Left-back Baines is being linked with a £15million move to Manchester United whilst Belgian midfielder Fellaini is attracting significant interest from Arsenal.

Ratcliffe says if Baines follows David Moyes to Old Trafford, it would leave a much bigger gap than if Fellaini exited Merseyside.

"Marouane Fellaini could also leave but Baines is the main concern," Ratcliffe told talkSPORT. "If he wasn’t scoring he was creating goals, I think he created more than any other left-back in the Premier League last year, certainly more than Ashley Cole.

"His free kicks and set pieces in and around the box are quality, and he’s improved massively as a defender as well.

"He’s a proven international now, he’s battling it out with Cole for the number one left-back spot for England, so he’ll be a big miss.”

 

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