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Baines full of praise for Bernard

8th January 2019, 15:37 by Aidan Perkins

Leighton Baines says Bernard has made a big impact since joining Everton and has backed him to deliver in the rest of the season.

Bernard has caught the eye at Goodison Park following his summer move from Shakhtar Donetsk and hit his first goal for the club in Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup third-round win over Lincoln City.

Left-back Baines believes the Brazil international's sharp football brain can be a huge asset for the Toffees in the final third and is confident he will continue to make things happen when they need him most.

"Bernard is definitely someone who can win us matches," Baines told the club's website. "He is a guy who can link things together.

"It is a very difficult thing in football sometimes to get space between the lines and link the midfield to the forwards, but he does it with ease because he is such an intelligent footballer.

"I am sure coming to England is not easy given the places where he has played his football before, but he has settled really well and shows his unbelievable quality on a daily basis."

He added: "He just has amazing qualities. He has great footballing ability and a high football IQ. You need people like that on the pitch. He is always popping up in the right places and giving people options.

"Bernard is someone who will always stay on the ball, take that extra touch and find the pass. He is a great player for us and I think he will continue to get better."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.

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