Thursday 07 August 2014
England left-back experiences an afternoon in the shoes of an Everton in the Community apprentice (source: BBC Match of the Day)
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Everton completed the signing of left-back and boyhood Toffees supporter Leighton Baines from Wigan Athletic.
The 22-year-old, born in Kirkby, started his career at Wigan and helped the Latics secure promotion to the Barclays Premier League for the first time. In their top-flight bow, Wigan were in the top six halfway through the season before finishing 10th.
After signing a five-year deal at Everton, Baines said: "I am a local lad and all my family support Everton so it's good to be here at last.
"I am very happy now it is all done and I think people knew this was the place I wanted to come."
Baines instantly established himself as an integral part of Everton's team and helped the Toffees earn back-to-back fifth place finishes in his first two Barclays Premier League seasons at Goodison Park.
The Toffees finished fifth again in the 2013/14 season and Baines found the net five times in a Barclays Premier League campaign for the third time. In 231 top-flight appearances for Everton, Baines has scored 21 goals so far, including a series of expertly taken free-kicks.
The left-back has also scored 13 spot-kicks without missing in the Barclays Premier League, one of which was for Wigan, and he became the first player to maintain a 100% record after taking in excess of 10 penalties.
Baines signed a new four-year contract in January 2014. After agreeing the new deal, Baines said: "I've loved being here since I first joined and I couldn't be happier."
Everton manager Roberto Martinez added: "His best is yet to come and to be able to secure Leighton's best years at Everton means a lot."
Baines also established himself as first-choice left-back for England and played for his country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.