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Everton FC star Leon Osman hails Leighton Baines as player of the season
Published : 26 Mar 2010 08:00:00Rss feed
Leighton Baines, Everton FC LEON OSMAN today hailed Mr Consistent Leighton Baines as Everton's player of the season after the defender's latest assist helped topple Manchester City. Osman believes his team-mate, who crossed for Tim Cahill's opening goal on Wednesday, is one of the driving factors behind Everton's late push for Europe. Baines has been an almost ever-present for Everton, playing all but one of the club's 31 league games so far and contributing nine assists from left-back in all competitions. Osman said: 'You'd have to say Leighton Baines has been the most consistent player. He's played every minute of almost every game and when we were struck down with injuries he was there consistently every game. 'He has put in the quality of performances which have now got him recognised by England, which is fantastic. He has been our best player in the season.' Baines was capped for the first time by Fabio Capello, playing the duration of England's recent win over Egypt earlier this month. He also shone in Everton's victory over Bolton last weekend, when Osman returned after missing one game through injury.