Date: 12th January 2018 at 10:09am
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OPINION

Everton need to begin thinking about life after Leighton Baines and lining up a new left-back to replace him the near future.

Baines has been a phenomenal defender for the Toffees over the years and kept a very high level of consistency, but the 33-year-old can’t last forever and he is currently sidelined though injury.

The Merseyside club must begin eyeing replacements for the full-back position and Celtic ace Kieran Tierney would be the dream signing for them to chase.

The Daily Record have reported that Premier League giants Manchester United have listed the the 20-year-old as a potential transfer target.

However, it is understood the Scottish giants are keen to keep the highly-rated defender and he is under contract with Parkhead until 2023.

Everton would certainly have their work cut out trying to negotiate a deal for Tierney, but they have shown they have big financial power and also the appeal of the Premier League.

Tierney is already one of the best British full-backs around and has the potential to reach the top as he develops.

The attack-minded left-back has already made 111 senior appearances for Celtic and won two top-flight titles in his short career so far.

He has become a vital player under manager Brendan Rodgers and his return of seven assists this season highlights his attacking qualities.

Tierney looks like he would be a perfect fit for a top Premier League side given his athleticism and defensive know-how, which is why Everton splash out on a defender that could be a top player over the next decade and is the perfect heir to Baines.