"I've always said that he is going to be Everton's left-back for a long, long time and my views haven't changed," he told evertonfc.com.
"I had a few conversations with Bainesy and he was feeling frustrated, People might say it's easy now but I never saw Joleon (Lescott) being a long-term left-back.
"That's how he got into the England squad and where he was noticed. But his development was geared towards being a central defender. That's his right position.
"Once that happened, the opportunities were always going to come for Bainesy. We just never foresaw the way things were going to turn out and he just had to be patient."