Silva remains a Baines fan

12 January 2019 03:47:42 EST

Everton boss Marco Silva believes veteran left-back Leighton Baines still has an important role to play in his team.

The 34-year-old started last weekend's FA Cup victory against Lincoln City - his first appearance in three months.

It was the former Wigan Athletic defender's 409th appearance for the club and Silva insists Baines, as well as Phil Jagielka and Seamus Coleman, remain key parts of his squad.

Silva has preferred to use Lucas Digne at left-back this season, but said of Baines: "Leighton is a fantastic professional, a very, very good football player.

"I didn't need that match [against Lincoln] to see how Leighton Baines keeps being a really important player for me as a manager.

"They are our captains - Jags is our captain and Leighton and Seamus are our second captains. They are really important for us as a club and me as a manager."

Everton struggled over the festive period and have only won one of their last eight matches while Sunday's opponents Bournemouth have been beaten in eight of their 11 most recent encounters.

The Cherries have conceded 12 goals in their last three games and lost their last five away matches.

Everton can be backed at 8/11 to beat Bournemouth and 7/1 to win the game from behind.

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