Leighton Baines: Huge competition for places


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Leighton Baines says there is “genuine competition” in every position in Everton’s team which can only help the club in their quest for silverware this season.

The Toffees have been extremely busy in the summer transfer window, adding goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, defensive duo Michael Keane and Cuco Martina, midfielder Davy Klaassen and the attacking trio of Henry Onyekuru, Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney to their ranks.

Manager Ronald Koeman is not done in the market yet, with reports claiming a deal, believed to be worth around £45-50million, for Swansea City star Gylfi Sigurdsson is close to being completed.

Everton, who finished seventh last term, are building a squad that many think can challenge for silverware in this campaign and they are priced at 81.00 to win the Premier League.

Europa League glory is also a possibility for Everton although they need to get past MFK Ruzomberok in the second leg in order to make the main stage of the tournament.

Koeman’s men hold a 1-0 advantage going into the away leg and the visitors are 1.36 to get the win, the draw is priced at 4.75 while the hosts are 7.50 to pick up the victory.

Baines is looking forward to the upcoming match and believes his manager has a hard task of selecting a starting XI these days. “The squad is a lot bigger.

We have boys who didn’t make the squad last week who would get in other Premier League teams,” he said.

“We have lads out injured who would be first-team players. There is genuine competition for every position in the side.”

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