Tim Howard praises 'overlooked' Leighton Baines

Everton's Leighton Baines celebrates a goal against West Brom on January 30, 2013
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Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard believes that teammate Leighton Baines does not get enough credit for his performances this season.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has claimed that teammate Leighton Baines does not get the recognition that he deserves.

Despite enjoying an impressive season for the Toffees, the defender was overlooked for the PFA Player of the Year nominations last week.

"With Bainesy at left-back, it's not a glamour position and I think it's hard sometimes to see just how effective he is," Sky Sports News quotes Howard as saying.

"He's our key cog. We've got Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar and those guys, and obviously Kevin Mirallas, can produce a bit of magic, but without Bainesy this team doesn't go. It's just hard sometimes for people on the outside to see that."

Everton return to Premier League action on Saturday when they host Fulham at Goodison Park.

Everton's Darren Gibson takes a free-kick during his side's Premier League clash with Manchester City on March 16, 2013
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