Alan Hutton has been left raving as Everton reportedly prepare to hand Leighton Baines a new deal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and Scotland defender insists that such experienced players can prove “invaluable” to clubs.
The Athletic report that Carlo Ancelotti wants the left-back to remain at Goodison for another year, his current contract expiring this summer, and that the 35-year-old is expected to commit to one more season on Merseyside.
Hutton says that he is almost certain the England international will stick around, highlighting how letting established players leave a club can upset the apple cart.
Asked if keeping Baines for another season would be a good move all round, Hutton told Football Insider: “Oh, a hundred per cent, I’m always one for experience. I would always find a place for him.
“He’s a guy who’s been there for years, knows the club inside out, even when he’s not first-choice, he’s fit enough to go in and play as we’ve seen over the years.
“I think 100 per cent he’ll stay for another year, it’s invaluable to have someone like that in your squad. When you look at certain teams and they get rid of a lot of that, they do struggle.
“He’ll be one, he looks like one that would demand quality and especially when you’ve got new signings, different players from different leagues, they’re new to it.
“You look at people like that, the experience, how they go about their business and how they work, you can really feed off it. I think it’s a good move all round.”
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