Everton and England left-back Leighton Baines believes that fellow teammate Leon Osman is playing some of his best football to date at Goodison park…
Leon Osman is playing the best football of his career this season according to his Everton team-mate Leighton Baines.
Source: Sky Sports
Manchester United transfer target Leighton Baines believes that teammate Leon Osman is playing the best football of his career this season.
The 30-year-old midfielder is set to join fellow academy graduate Tony Hibbert in Everton’s 300 club when he lines up against Fulham on Sunday.
Everton supporters first saw Osman in action in 2003, where he made his debut in a 4-3 away loss to Tottenham. He has since gone on to become one of the Toffees’ most important players and, according to Baines, gets better each year.
“Ossie’s been a terrific player for the club over the years,” Baines told Everton’s website. “He’s continued to grow over the years and he’s a massively important player for us now.
“Since I’ve been here, I think he’s got better every year really and become more and more important to us.
“I thought last season he was great and this year he’s been fantastic again. He’s a vital part of the squad and the team. To get to 300 games is a very nice landmark to reach.”
In other news, Manchester United are keen on signing Everton defender Leighton Baines this transfer window, following increased speculation that United left-back and captain Patrice Evra could be on his way out.
The prospect of recouping the initial £5m they paid Wigan to recruit Baines almost five years ago may be too tempting for the the Toffees to turn down.
Baines, 27, has been outstanding this season and is putting pressure on Ashley Cole to be England’s first-choice left-back at Euro 2012. The former Wigan defender would offer a threat from set pieces, with his left foot amongst one of the best in the Premier League.
The left-back has just over three years left on his contract at Goodison and is a big favourite with the fans. But Ferguson has been monitoring him for the past two years and knows that the prospect of Champions League football could be enough to persuade Baines to make the move.
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