Leighton Baines is a solid attacking left fullback and occasional midfielder for Everton and the English national side. He began his football career in Liverpool's youth set-up, but made his first league appearance after moving to Wigan Athletic in the old Division 2 in 2002 - aged seventeen. Baines established himself in the first team in the following year in Division 1, and in the next year was an integral part of the side that won promotion from the Championship. The Latics had never before played top-flight football in their 70 year history, and Baines became part of that history for the club.
Baines spent two more excellent seasons with Wigan in the Premier League, in total appearing 162 times with four goals for the Latics - including finishing second in the League Cup in 2006. But in 2007, David Moyes at Everton moved for the full-back, for £5 million. Whilst competition for places in Everton's defence was fierce early on, Baines established himself as the starting left-back in 2008 and has gone from strength to strength since.
He has been voted Everton's Player's player of the season twice, and has become known as a dangerous free-kick taker - with a scorcher against Chelsea in 2011 particularly notable on his resume. He will continue to shore up Everton's flank as long as the Blues want and can afford him.
Baines is also involved in the English national side after debuting against Egypt in 2010. A stalwart of the U21s from 2004 to 2007, Baines is currently behind Ashley Cole in the pecking order at left-back, but should see more playing time for England in the years to come.