Friday 10 February 2012

Baines: Signings have lifted Everton

Defender says new arrivals bring new energy to improving Toffees

Everton have been tough to beat in their recent matches

Everton defender Leighton Baines says the new arrivals at Goodison Park during the transfer window have given the club a real lift.

The deadline day signings of Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar added to the loan deal for Landon Donovan and the signing of Darron Gibson from Manchester United.

The Toffees are unbeaten in all competitions since a 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at high-flying Tottenham on January 11th and Baines told Everton's official website he felt the club was on an 'upward curve'.

"We certainly feel as though we are on the up again"
- Leighton Baines

"I think [January’s transfer dealings] lifted everyone associated with the club,” he said.

""It certainly did from what we see within the club, it gave everyone a boost.

"It was massive, in particular, what that 24 hours [on deadline day] did for us with the two new lads coming in and the win over Manchester City – of course we had signed a couple of lads before that as well – so it was a productive period for the club and we certainly feel as though we are on the up again.

"We needed it and it does lift people," he added.

"It is hard to articulate exactly why that is at times but to get the new bodies in really helped."

Everton host Chelsea on Saturday and Baines said he hoped Everton could keep up their good form.

"Beating City was what the fans deserved really. Things have not been great this season so it was nice to win that one for them and it is important we keep the momentum going," he said.

"We want to win all our home games and we will be going out to do it again on Saturday.

"We know we have to work hard and pick our form up. Hopefully that will be the case as we do feel as if we are on an upward curve now."

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Key Points

  • Everton signed four new players during January
  • Toffees unbeaten since January 11th in all competitions
  • Baines says fans deserve to see better results