'Unbelievable' - Pundit Exclusive: Everton have learned from mistakes after BBC report
Michael Brown believes Everton have learned from their mistakes after reportedly offering Leighton Baines a contract extension.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Sheffield United midfielder admits he thought the club were quick to let Phil Jagielka and his experience leave last summer.
BBC Sport report that the Toffees have tabled a new one-year contract to Baines, 35, with his current deal set to expire this year.
The left-back has been at Goodison Park since August 2007 and is now the longest-serving member of the Toffees squad after Jagielka – who signed a month prior to Baines – left last for nothing last year.
Brown admits he was surprised to see the centre-back allowed to leave on a free and believes the club have learned from their mistakes under Carlo Ancelotti.
Asked if it was important to keep Baines’ experience around, Brown told Football Insider: “I agree, you need senior players around the place with a good attitude and good commitment. He sets a great example, Leighton Baines.
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“I had the joy of being at Wigan with him before he went to Everton and it just goes to show how long he’s gone on with a fantastic career at Everton.
“I thought they were quick to let Phil Jagielka go when his contract ran out. It was him and Leighton Baines who were the senior players and maybe it wasn’t ideal – that comes down to a different manager and a different culture and choice.
“The manager’s backed him, he’s seen the sort of impact that Leighton Baines has, he’s a great lad and it’s great to see him getting that reward because he’s been an unbelievable servant for Everton. Sometimes these clubs are quick to forget that.”
Baines has 417 appearances under his belt for Everton to date, although he is now firmly second choice behind Lucas Digne in the pecking order.
The former Wigan man has just five Premier League appearances to his name this season, with three of those coming in the starting XI.