Kevin Ratcliffe: Everton Full-Back Leighton Baines Will Be Tough To Replace

Ex-Toffees ace sees Baines as one of a kind.

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Former Everton defender Kevin Ratcliffe believes that Leighton Baines will be hard to replace should he finally link up with David Moyes at Manchester United, talkSPORT reports.

The Merseyside club are said to have rejected a bid of around £12 million from United for the England international as Moyes sees him as the ideal man to replace the ageing Patrice Evra.

However, former defender Ratcliffe, who made nearly 500 appearances for the club in the ’80s believes that they will find it tough to replace him should an appropriate asking price be met.

“I would have thought the club would be looking for around the £15m mark if he was to leave,” Ratcliffe said.

I think if the right offer comes in Everton will take it and I think an improved bid of around £15m might sway things Manchester United’s way.

“Marouane Fellaini could also leave but Baines is the main concern.

“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.

“If Everton get the right money it may be right for both parties to part company, especially because of his age. It’s unlikely they’ll get this much money for him two or three years down the line.

“But that’s only if the player wants to go.”

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