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Kristian Walsh
Kristian Walsh
Kristian Walsh

More from Leighton Baines now, who reveals how he almost left Everton a year into his stay at the club he loves.

“I had been in and out the first season,” he recalls with typical honesty. “I got injured in the October and only started single figures in terms of games. I was out for two or three months with my ankle and I shouldn’t have come back…I needed an op really.

“I couldn’t use my left foot and as soon as the season finished then I had an op, I shouldn’t have come back really. I wasn’t even playing as such. I was wasting people’s time really.”

Kristian Walsh

We start with Leighton Baines, with the Blues left back admitting he’s desperate for Everton to end their 20-year trophy drought. He believes his side have almost become nearly men already, but is determined to stop that soon.

He said: “Could we become nearly men?

“You could say we already have been to a point. Fear isn’t the word because it’s not something we’re thinking of all the time and which scares us. But we’re aware of it.

“We’re aware we’ve come close; whether it’s last season getting the points which would usually justify Champions League but we didn’t get it, or getting to semi-finals and cup finals.

“The majority of the players have been together as part of a group which has come close and been part of that.

“Us more than most want to produce something.”

A brilliant chat and well worth a read here.

Leighton Baines  

Kristian Walsh

Good morning and welcome to the Everton FC Christmas Eve liveblog. Rushing around the shops may not be the best idea in the world today, so why not put your feet up and read all the latest news and views from Goodison Park – including Roberto Martinez’s press conference, live at 9am, ahead of the home game with Stoke.

Keep with us throughout the day for all you need on the Blues.

Why is this happening? Find out more about the shortage of Everton posters (including signed posters).

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