Marouane Fellaini names Everton ace in his best-ever XI, shares what makes him so good
By Dominic Toner
Marouane Fellaini has named Everton defender Leighton Baines in his side comprised of the best players he has ever played with.
The current Manchester United midfielder has also included former Toffees defender Sylvain Distin in his best XI, who made 210 appearances for them during his playing career.
Fellaini, 28, made 177 appearances for Everton during his stay at Goodison Park before he completed his move to Old Trafford in 2013 for £27.5million.
The Belgium midfielder has included team-mates from his time with United, Everton and while playing for his national team, as cited by Sky Sports.
Fellaini has included left-back Baines in his side and was full of praise for the Englishman.
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“I played with him for five years. He has a good left-foot, good cross, can give 10-15 assists a year,” Fellaini said, as quoted by Sky Sports. “He scores goals, runs a lot, he can defend, attack, very tough and is a very good person. When he is in good form he is difficult to stop.”
Baines has developed into one of Everton’s most consistent performers following his move from Wigan in 2007.
The 31-year-old has made a colossal 346 appearances for the Merseyside club and been a regular starter in the side since his arrival.
The left-back has made 30 international caps for England but was unfortunately competing with Chelsea and Arsenal great Ashley Cole for a position.
He is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury but is considered a key player under Everton’s manager Ronald Koeman.
In other Everton news, Mark Lawrenson has given his prediction ahead of their game against Chelsea.