The road for Bryan Oviedo has not been easy in his time with Everton. He's dealt with several injuries including a broken leg during his first year with the team during a cup tie.
This new deal though will keep Oviedo with the team until June of 2019 and perhaps solidify his spot on the team. There was some question with the quick rise of Brendan Galloway and the return of Leighton Baines if Oviedo would see much playing time this year, but that hasn't been a problem lately.
He has played over a healthy Baines in the last few games and Galloway has not played since December. Roberto Martinez has said that Baines not playing has had to do with the dense schedule of games and still recovering from his ankle injury. It'll be interesting to see though when Martinez decides to bench Oviedo with Everton playing so well at both ends lately.
It's no secret that Baines is much better on the offensive side with a great left foot for delivering crosses into the box and kicks from set pieces. Oviedo is more adept at tackles with an average of nearly 3 per game played this season, while Baines has been around 2 per game so far this season. The choice on who to play likely depends on what player is chosen at left wing. If Tom Cleverley is out there he tracks back better to help and would seem to make Baines the choice, but Kevin Mirallas or even Oumar Niasse might do less and need Oviedo to support.
The good news is Everton continue to retain their players in their prime and give confidence to the rest of the team that they will keep them here to continue to get better. That feeling should continue in the next few days as it is also rumored that Mohamed Besic will also be penning a new deal soon.