Danny Mills has hailed Leighton Baines as on the verge of Peter Reid-like status at Everton as he prepares to stay another year at the club.
The former Leeds and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, called the 35-year-old a “magnificent servant” to the club and suggested he is a trophy away from having a statue built in his honour at Goodison Park.
The BBC revealed last week that the former England international has been offered a new one-year deal just weeks before his current contract expires on 30 June.
Baines signed for the Toffees from Wigan Athletic 13 years ago and has gone on to make 417 appearances for the club.
This season he has been limited to just six appearances with Lucas Digne preferred by Carlo Ancelotti.
Mills claimed the left-back was up there with the greats at Goodison.
“The only issue is that he has not won anything,” he told Football Insider.
“Peter Reid, Andy Gray, Graeme Sharp – they made cup finals and won trophies and they will go down as legends.
“Baines is a fantastic player and he has been a magnificent servant for the football club.
“The term legend is used too often but he has been incredible – without a doubt.
“Legends deserve statues outside the stadium and I do not think Leighton Baines has done quite enough to get a statue.”
Reid, Gray and Sharp were all were part of the decorated Toffees side of the 1980s – winning the First Division title, FA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup in the 1984/85 season.
In March, Ancelotti spoke on Baines’ future at the club, he said: “It’s important to have him the next season.