Loss of Baines a Crushing Blow to the Latics’ Survival Chances?

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 Leighton Baines – the longtime cornerstone of Wigan’s back four – has moved onto to the greener pastures of . The close call of last year’s relegation battle seemed to have spark the young fullback’s ambition to stay in the Premiership. The money helped too, as Wigan will receive $10 million for his services and Baines’ weekly salary improves as well. Baines, however, was a full-out Wigan product and – as many Latics supporters are hoping – the money received for selling him better go to good use.

“I’ve had six fantastic years here and it was a really tough decision to leave that behind because this is the club who have given me the opportunity to make it in the game” (from Wigan’s website)

Everton has gained a massive talent on the wings, to add to the likes of Phil Neville and Nuno Valente. The Toffees, however, could be far from done their spending as both Australian Tim Cahill (month or two) and English youngster James Vaughan (til November) are out for significant periods of time. The addition of Baines should allow Neville to venture into the midfield with Arteta pushing into the middle.

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