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Everton FC's Leighton Baines is best left-back in the world, says Victor Anichebe

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03 Jan 2013 08:26:00

Everton FC's Leighton Baines is best left-back in the world, says Victor Anichebe

Never mind the Premier League – Victor Anichebe believes Everton FC's Leighton Baines is currently the best left-back in the world.

The pair scored the goals that  gave Everton a 2-1 victory over  Newcastle United at St James  Park last night, and Anichebe  was awestruck by his  team-mate’s 35-yard free-kick  which got Everton back on level  terms just before half time. Newcastle United v Everton FC at St James' Park. Pics Gareth Jones Jan 3 2013 View Anichebe, 24, added the  winner shortly after his  introduction on 58 minutes, and  the Nigerian international said  he has tried to follow  Baines’ hard-working  example as he also  continues to impress  this season. He said:

“Bainesy is  probably the best  left-back in the world  at the moment and  that’s no  exaggeration. I  couldn’t believe his  goal.

 "I was thinking ‘he’s  not going to shoot  here surely,’ then he  ran up to the ball and  I was in disbelief. That  just shows you how  good he is.

 “Sometimes I’m  watching him from  the side and he’s just  unbelievable. The way  he’s progressed is  fantastic. When he  first came here he  wasn’t really playing  but he didn’t  complain. He was  always in the gym  working and trying to  improve himself.

“Same with Sylvain  Distin. It shows  through their displays  how professional they  are, and I’m looking  at that and seeing  how it can help me.  I’ve tried to follow  their example and do  as much as I can and I  think it’s started to  show.”

 Anichebe’s strike  was his fifth in just 12  appearances so far  this season, and came  at a ground which has  previously prompted  difficult memories of  rupturing his knee  ligaments in February  2009. But the forward –  who scored but also  had a legitimate goal  against the Magpies  disallowed at  Goodison earlier this  season – says that is  behind him now.

“Every time I come  here I look back to  when I got that injury  but I always feel like  against Newcastle I  get chances or  something happens,”  he said.

 “I don’t know what  it is. Hopefully now I  don’t need to look  back at the past any  more and I can just  concentrate on the  future. When we  played against West  Ham earlier this  season me and Kevin  Nolan made up. I  want to keep  progressing myself  now, that’s all behind  me.

“People tell me  about my goals ratio  per minutes played  but I don’t really think  about these things. To  be honest I don’t  care. I just want to  play and not be  injured. It’s something  I’m getting better  with. Even when I had  my hamstring injury I  knew I’d come back.”


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