Everton full-back Leighton Baines may have claimed that he and his teammates were now playing for their futures as they sit precariously in the bottom half of the Premier League table, but there are some players in Roberto Martinez’s squad who will surely be playing in the top flight next season, regardless of whether the Toffees decide to have a summer clearout, aimed at changing their fortunes, or the unthinkable happens and the team are relegated.
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Here are five of those players who will almost definitely be snapped up should the Merseyside club somehow be relegated for the first time in the Premier League era:
The full-back is always a consistent performer for both his club and country, and would sure up almost any defence in the Premier League. His commitment to Everton – having reportedly rejected a move to Manchester United in the past – may be a stumbling block to any potential move away from Goodison Park.