Schneiderlin calls Baines ‘an Everton legend’

Ahead of his 300th Premier League start for Everton, Morgan Schneiderlin praised the club's veteran left-back Leighton Baines.

Saturday’s clash with Tottenham at Goodison Park will see the 32-year-old reach that landmark with the Toffees, and Schneiderlin has talked up his contributions throughout his decade at the club.

"Leighton’s very much an important player for Everton," the French midfielder told his club's official website. "I think he’s an Everton legend he’s played so many years here. 

"He’s always fit, always doing well, you always see in training that he is working hard and he always has good spirit. 

"I remember watching Everton when him and Steven Pienaar were in the team. They made a hell of a partnership and it was beautiful to watch them. 

"Even now, with other players in front of him, I think it’s a joy for everyone to have a left-back like him, he’s so clever and determined. 

"Three hundred Premier League starts is a good landmark for him but we all hope there will be many more games for him here."