Everton manager Roberto Martinez claims Leighton Baines has apologised for being honest about the Toffees’ lack of ‘chemistry’ this season.
Bizarrely, Martinez claims that Baines has said sorry despite his words allegedly being taken out of context.
“It is very disappointing when you see a misinterpretation of a player’s words, and clearly this was taken out of context,” said Martinez, whose Everton side are currently in 12th.
“I’ve had a chat with him and he knows he has to take responsibility for those words. He’s apologised and taken responsibility for leaving those words open.
“He has put himself in a position where he has given the wrong words. He’s apologised and we will move forward.”
Martinez's desperation to pull rank on Baines for simply saying what everyone else can see shows how far gone he is as Everton manager #EFC
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Baines had been quoted this week – after a run of three Premier League defeats – as saying: “I just don’t feel as though the chemistry is quite there with the team on the pitch at the moment, and it hasn’t been for a while.
“We are maybe leaning too heavily on individuals to come up with something.
“We’re in games; we were in the game on Sunday and had a couple of chances, but we’re not performing as a team to the level we know we can or we should be.
“Results have an impact on that because chemistry and confidence go hand in hand. Look at the teams who are having success this year and you’d say they have chemistry.
“If I had to say one thing, I just don’t know if it’s there with us at the moment, for whatever reason.”