Everton boss Roberto Martinez says Leighton Baines is now a genuine dressing room leader.
Martinez was delighted with Baines' two-goal performance in victory at West Ham United.
âHe has an incredible influence,â Martinez told evertonfc.com. âWhen you see him play in that manner [against West Ham], he raises the level of everyone in the squad.
âThey see him as an important figure - not just at the football club but in English football.
âAt his age he is starting to influence a lot of people and when you see him perform in that way he is a huge asset for us.
âYou look at his performance at West Ham and I have never seen a player take free-kicks like other players take penalty kicks.â