• Baines already impressed by Rooney’s contribution since signing
• Full-back warns it will be tough to close gap on top four
Leighton Baines believes Wayne Rooney will be a key influence on Everton’s pursuit of a first trophy since 1995 but that there remains a gap between the Premier League’s leading pack and Ronald Koeman’s expensively-assembled side.
Everton have spent almost £100m on seven additions to their senior ranks and Koeman still hopes to sign Gylfi Sigurdsson, valued at £50m by Swansea City, a striker, plus a left-sided defender before the transfer deadline. Baines admits “it is an exciting time” …read more