Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall believes defender Leighton Baines could be the player to be sacrificed in order to fund the club’s bid for Champions League football. Southall thinks the Toffees need three players in January if they are to sustain a top-four challenge.
Midfielder Marouane Fellaini is the player who appears to be attracting most interest from other clubs but Baines has also been linked with a move over the last 12 months. Southall feels it would be easier – and cheaper – to find a solution at left-back but ideally he would not want Baines, one of Everton’s most consistent performers over the last few years, to leave. “I’d like to see them buy three players, at least, or get three players on loan,” said the former Wales international, speaking at the launch of The Football Pools 90 Day Community Challenge at St Helens Junior Football Club, who received funding of £50,000 to makeover their club.
“They need a striker for definite, a midfield player who can pass – a more expansive midfield player – and a defender. We’ve got to this position now where, if they get two or three players, they can push on, finish fourth and get the Champions League.
“I don’t mind him (Moyes) selling one if he brings two in because that makes sense.
“If you are going to sacrifice anyone, Leighton Baines may be the one to go.