Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar have been sensational this season. The understanding between between the full back and the winger borders almost on the level of telepathy. But is their partnership best in the Premier League?
Baines in recent seasons has been labeled as one of the best left backs in England, with many top clubs vying for his signature. His scintillating performances as a full back has aided Everton in reaching a top four position, as the Merseysiders l leapfrogged d over Tottenham with a victory against West Ham this weekend. Known for his physicality and intelligent run making abilities, Baines provides a different dimension to the Everton attack force. Along with Pienaar, he can give opposing defenders a run for their money, running directly at them and causing confusion. The England international often runs down the flanks, giving Pienaar the space and freedom to cut in around the eighteen yard box. Pienaar’s crossing provides an excellent platform for Marouane Fellaini to head in goals or chest the ball down and pass on to others who are making surging runs in the box.
Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia and Rafael have forged a great understanding and partnership too and have torn asunder many teams this season.
Valencia has hit top form after his return from injury and his cleverness and ball control allow Rafael to play his role for a short period of time. Rafael’s pace and skill are always a deadly threat to any opposition. Although the duos are similar in terms of what they offer to their respective teams, Baines and Pienaar seem to edge out the other two based on the defensive job they carry out together.