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Lennon 'delighted' with Goodison switch

by | 03/02/2015  Comments (99)  jump
Aaron Lennon says there was only one choice for him once he found out that Everton were interested in signing him on loan for the rest of the season from Tottenham.

The 27 year-old winger was the only incoming player before yesterday's transfer deadline, a day when little action was expected at Finch Farm, as Roberto Martinez moved to add extra wide options to his squad.

Lennon had been linked on and off all month with a move to Goodison Park in part-exchange for Kevin Mirallas but the Blues flatly refused to sell the Belgian and were able to acquire the Spurs midfielder anyway.

While photographs released by Everton of the Leeds-born player holding up his № 25 jersey have gone viral over his expressionless face, Lennon expressed his excitement at what is a fresh start for him.

I'm delighted," he told "It's obviously been a tough start to the year for me, but I was over the moon when I got the call.

I was speaking to a lot of clubs, a lot of managers, but this was the one I wanted. Finally, when I got the call from Everton, there wasn't really a choice, I just couldn't wait to get up here and I'm glad it was all sorted.

Now he is looking forward to getting started at his new club where he could be in line for a baptism of fire in Saturday's Merseyside derby.

Everything about Everton made me excited to join. I've always liked the Club, the way they play, the way the manager has got the team playing and the squad that they have — it was the most attractive to me and it was an easy decision for me.

I'm really looking forward to seizing this opportunity at a club with such a history and with such great potential, too. I'm determined to make a big contribution over the remaining games.  

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Denis Richardson
2 Posted 03/02/2015 at 16:35:47
Â’the way the manager has got the team playingÂ’.

Just how many Everton games has he watched this season?

Joke aside, heÂ’s fresh blood in the dressing room and I hope his loan turns out well before Mirallas inevitably goes off to WHL in the summer.

James Carroll
3 Posted 03/02/2015 at 16:54:30
Did they give him the № 25 shirt, do we know?
Brian Wilkinson
4 Posted 03/02/2015 at 16:48:24
I would have preferred cash and Lennon for Mirallas.

It’s a win-win for Spurs – if Lennon plays well, they have a better bargaining for Kev; if it goes tits up and Lennon has a stinker, Mirallas will be entering the last year of his contract... again, Spurs or other clubs will be able to offer much less for him.

I think we have more chance of spanking the RS 5-nil, playing Barcelona type football and Stevie G missing a penalty, before getting sent off, than we have of Mirallas signing a new contract.

Liam Reilly
5 Posted 03/02/2015 at 16:52:52
No doubt a sweetener for Mirallas in the summer but, if Lennon is hungry enough, it could turn out to be good business.

On the flip side, it shows that Tottenham are not that bothered about us this season. I doubt this would have happened during last JanuaryÂ’s window when we were competing with them for Europe.

Ian Glassey
6 Posted 03/02/2015 at 16:58:34
Kevin wonÂ’t go to Spurs in the summer, they wonÂ’t get top 4. He will be off to Spain or Germany.
Raymond Fox
7 Posted 03/02/2015 at 17:02:54
Same old tosh, heÂ’s excited to come.

Not on his photos, heÂ’s not!

Ant Summers
8 Posted 03/02/2015 at 17:19:54
And so he should be. A chance, probably last chance scenario at 27. I very much doubt he will be playing for us next season, if he plays well, he will cost to much, if he plays as bad as he has been in the last year or so, we wont want him. IÂ’m assuming he will put a shift in, especially in live TV games.

IÂ’ll say it again, EFC supporters have been short-changed again by the board. IÂ’d have preferred a change of manager, that would have cost BK a pretty penny. So RM is left at the helm, with a sporting chance of finishing in the top 10, and an outside chance of getting through to the quarterfinals of the Europa League.

Anything less and he should be sacked. That though will not happen... .unless we only get 1 in in the next 7, that would mean bottom 5, and out of the Europa. LetÂ’s see.

Nick Page
9 Posted 03/02/2015 at 17:32:55
Until there is change at the top, Ant, 7th to 17th is pretty much an irrelevance (bar a bit of prize money) given our spending power and that of those around us. ItÂ’s much of a muchness, imo...
Craig Bellew
10 Posted 03/02/2015 at 17:39:12
This transfer sums up our club, full stop! A meaningless signing IMO and the real problem is not just with our clueless manager but the men at the top and, as Kenwright is the face of all, sat in the background doing fuck all, he has to take the flak that the club deserve!

IÂ’m sick of mediocrity and I know lots of others are too. Until there is a change of Board, Kenwright and Roberto will be here for the long haul overseeing shite teams and performances on an all-too-regular basis! We will always tread water and will never make the promised land of a top 4 finish, nor give it a real go in the group stages whilst we have this board!

Fed up to the back teeth right now and just hope one day we have a new board with new fresh ideas but, until then, we have what we have now to look forward to!

The new stadium I have a feeling will see the back of Kenwright once he and his string-pullers have made a nice little profit on their relevant investments. Enjoy, lads!

Ant Summers
11 Posted 03/02/2015 at 17:43:24
We have money, itÂ’s in a British Virgin Islands account, plus the means to get money. Problem is we have a board that wonÂ’t take a chance, like this window. If he is 100% behind RM, buy a keeper, yes we need one; buy another CH, buy another attacking player, sell some players that are not required...

No BK make do and mend, the fans will still be there even if they canÂ’t sit down through being sodomized that much.

Joe Clitherow
12 Posted 03/02/2015 at 17:52:12

Any prudent discussion would have already set the price now on the option to buy. We always did that before when Moyes did this type of deal that he favoured. It should really be bread and butter given the amount of deals like this the Club has done before.

Then again...

Ant Summers
13 Posted 03/02/2015 at 18:01:36
Joe we needed other positions before a winger, who by the way is way out of game time and form. I donÂ’t care about the Moyes days, we had a really bad balance sheet then, and this board still seen a profit, now they cop the lot. Sorry, your argument holds no water in 2015.
Joe Clitherow
14 Posted 03/02/2015 at 17:57:14
Nick 9

㾻M is not an irrelevance or a bit of prize money. ThatÂ’s the difference between 7th and 17th for this year, so dropping places down the Prem year on year is not a palatable message.

That will increase substantially with the new deal. We budget I think for 10th, any placement below that will have direct impact on the transfer policy.

Tom Bowers
15 Posted 03/02/2015 at 18:00:04
With Mirallas having a nagging injury and Naismith being one-paced, I for one welcome a player with some zip who, although may not be an immediate starter, could certainly have an impact coming on after an hour.

Everton need someone who can get into the box and cause something to happen and as the deadly duo of Baines and Coleman have been somewhat muted this season perhaps Lennon can produce the goods whilst allowing the other two to add better cover at the back by not leaving big gaps whilst foraying forward.

I see Lennon being a much busier midfield winger than Mirallas who sometimes looks lost playing deep but always improves Lukaku when playing alongside him further up the park.

Joe Clitherow
16 Posted 03/02/2015 at 18:04:58

Where did I disagree with you about our need for new blood? I completely agree with you for what itÂ’s worth.

The point I was making was we shouldnÂ’t be held over a barrel if we decide to make Lennon permanent.

Martyn Thickitt
18 Posted 03/02/2015 at 18:04:57
Good signing for the interim, maybe if he improves he could be a good signing for the long term, I donÂ’t think Mirallas will go to Spurs, he will have to abroad to get in the Champions League unless of cousrse we win the Europa League.
Steven Telford
19 Posted 03/02/2015 at 18:10:14
Levy was about to say "no" before somebody set the room alight with laughter by asking if he was not worried about selling to fellow potential CL spot rival.
Paul Tran
21 Posted 03/02/2015 at 18:45:13
Anyone notice that the great genius/saviour Pulis bought someone from Wigan? Good managers donÂ’t do that, do they?
Colin Glassar
22 Posted 03/02/2015 at 18:52:39
WasnÂ’t he after Carlton Cole as well Paul? I mean, Carlton Cole!!!
Dave Hall
23 Posted 03/02/2015 at 18:46:58
A winger IS the position of greatest need if you’ve watched any of the last few matches. Our CBs were co-MotMs against Palace –and overall Jags and Stones is a solid partnership. Cover is questionable, but once Winston Reid went for Spurs, who else was available?

Joel has far exceeded expectations the last several matches, and HowardÂ’s on his way back and has been enough of a servant to the club, and a big performer in the World Cup, to be given a chance by the supporters and the manager to win back his place. Why bring in cover for either one when our own players have shown a lot of improvement??

The wide areas are the biggest cause for concern with Mirallas off-and-on, McGeady mostly crap, Pienaar perpetually injured, Oviedo unproven in midfield, and Atsu the biggest question mark of all. The lack of width crushes the space in the middle of the park and makes us totally predictable in attack – probably the single largest complaint of Evertonians throughout the season.

I can’t understand all the negativity – you can think he’s shite, but I’ll wager he’ll go straight into the side for the derby and for good reason.

Ant Summers
24 Posted 03/02/2015 at 18:51:39
Sorry, Joe, misunderstanding, written word. Yes, we are wise to whatÂ’s happening, I could not care less about the rhetoric that comes out of Finch Farm.

Temporary or not, Aaron Lennon is on big money to do a job; if he fails, he will be sent back, to no doubt be at QPR next year. If he does well, I hope we look at a bigger picture, ie the rest of the squad.

IÂ’m in the main stand Saturday, if it goes tits up in the derby, BK will most definitely hear from me, as to his short arms and deep pockets.

Pete Edwards
25 Posted 03/02/2015 at 18:47:29
Sick to death of "fans" writing players off before they have kicked a ball in anger for us! Give the lad a chance, get behind him and the team and we might just start to turn the so far disappointing season around

And Ant, how the hell do you know Lennon is out of form? Are you going off the fact he hasnÂ’t played much as if thatÂ’s the reasoning then you need to look at the amount of players Spurs have, plenty of their team who are not bad players arenÂ’t getting a look-in either! Unless you have been following his career!!

Ant Summers
26 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:00:56
Dave Hall. Goalkeeper surely, he got away with Murder last week, dropped so many, and the other fella is finished. Hull at home surely showed you that.
Paul Tran
27 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:00:21
DonÂ’t mock, Colin. HeÂ’s the man. HeÂ’d turn us around. HeÂ’d transform us into the mid-table team we are already. HeÂ’s normal, heÂ’s British, heÂ’s no nonsense, heÂ’s never left a club in the lurch, except his last two.
Pete Edwards
28 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:07:07
Ant, IÂ’m sorry but it sounds like you have some sort of issues clouding your mind, are seriously saying that Joel got away with murder against Palace???? Sometimes it feels good to admit when you are wrong and in this case you are very wrong!
Alan Bodell
29 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:01:20
Paul, (#21), donÂ’t jump in just yet, mate, as his signings McCarthy, Robles just starting out in a career as a Premier League goalkeeper, and Kone donÂ’t look too bad so give these boys time and then weÂ’ll see eh?
Alcaraz is needing to get off the treatment table but otherwise I see only better things coming in the near future.

IÂ’ll get my tin hat now.....

Ant Summers
30 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:03:26
Yes Pete I do follow all football, he has played around 4 hours in his last 19 games. 2 assists in his last 19 games, zero goals, 5 shots, zero on target. In his last 19, if that does not constitute out of form and not match fit, what is?
Colin Glassar
31 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:12:47
Plus he chews gum faster than Fergie, Paul.
Ant Summers
32 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:13:16
Pete, I watched him and he did drop a few, any other side would have punished him. He had a big break when the big fella for them went off. We agree to disagree, but I say we needed a keeper.
Fintan Spode
33 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:11:47
Really hoping he starts on Saturday as RS defence is rubbish We sometimes play decent football but have been too slow in the areas where it matters. Lennon is just the person we need to spring them open
Pete Edwards
34 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:15:29
So a quick Gogle search.....very clever. Suggests to me that heÂ’s obviously had to make do with a couple of mins here and there which makes it difficult to get in to games.

HeÂ’s not kicked a ball for us yet and heÂ’s written off by some, letÂ’s make judgement when heÂ’s had more minutes for us and see what he can do. He has my full support when wearing the shirt as long as he puts a shift in.

Pete Edwards
35 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:19:04
Not dissagreeing about needing a new keeper but to say Joel got away with murder is so far off, he had a decent game with the little he had to deal with.
Ant Summers
36 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:22:19
Google or not, itÂ’s there in black and white, and he has not started a PL game. IÂ’ll wager he ainÂ’t no Andy Gray second coming.
Phil Walling
37 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:13:20
It is an enduring fact that supporters judge club boards only by the money they are prepared to blow on players. Everything else is boring.

And I use the word Â’blowÂ’ carefully because thatÂ’s exactly what they would be doing by entrusting our present manager with funds.

The comic on here who suggests that the difference between our natural seventh and seventeenth is purely academic would willingly forego the thick end of 㾻M Everton would lose by such a drop. More ignorance because budgets have to be adjusted – so less money for those beloved players!

Our club will not be relegated but neither will we see much movement up the table. But just for once I trust this Board to do what they have to do come seasonÂ’s end.

Paul Tran
38 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:25:29
DonÂ’t forget the Â’man of the peopleÂ’ baseball cap. Proper British working class, none of your pretentious foreign rubbish. Bet he thinks a system is something that goes with a toilet.......
Paul Tran
39 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:30:06
Dead right on all fronts there, Phil. The board that wouldnÂ’t spend when 4th place was a possibility wonÂ’t splash out when weÂ’re pottering around mid-table. And why should they?

I suspect Martinez will be backed or sacked in the summer. If itÂ’s the latter, I hope the board look forwards rather than backwards.

Paul Columb
40 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:40:05
Despite the fact that this window shouldÂ’ve seen more activity on the clubÂ’s part as a statement of intent and from a practical standing, bolster an effort to keep us up, I rate Lennon for the much needed urgency he will bring to our wing.

We badly need to widen our play, keep Lukaku central and moving through the channels and speed the fuck up in transition. In this respect I think Lennon will offer instant impact if RM backs off from his failing current strategy.

I hope he instantly replaces McGeady and not be introduced at 78 mins at the shite in an attempt to respond and have a go when pedestrian play has already condemned us to the usual.

Not feeling good about this month. Not feeling good about the club at large during what I anticipated was going to be a pivotal and positive season.

Clive Rogers
41 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:38:03
Craig #10,

I agree with everything you say. I get the impression Kenwright has given up trying to progress and is merely hanging on to power. 16 years is long enough.

Ant Summers
42 Posted 03/02/2015 at 19:30:46
We will always be underachievers with BK in charge. IÂ’m as passionate as the next EFC supporter and IÂ’ve seen us win leagues in 1970, 1985, 1987... IÂ’ve also seen some rotten times, but IÂ’ve never known a time when the ambition is slowly but surely being drained out of MY club by a board who thinks more of a golden handshake at the end of the season.

I fear I will never see EFC win another trophy under this board, never mind the league, as I head in the mid Autumn of my life.

Phil Walling
44 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:05:51
IÂ’m no defender of Uncle Bill me, but isnÂ’t it funny how he always comes in for flak when the team is less than inspiring!

Never a mention for months but you can be sure that the sins of the manager will be visited upon him. Just saying, like.

Ant Summers
45 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:09:38
Phil, IÂ’ve been on his case since the AGM debacle, he showed then what he was.

John Moores, for all he was, never ever shied away from supporters. Uncle Bill as you put him thinks we should kiss his big fat arse because he went in the Boys Penn. The buck always stops at him.

Tony Dove
46 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:20:45
I wish him well but I think we have already have a surplus of headless wingers.
Dave Abrahams
47 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:06:43
Ant (42),

I think a lot us supporters realise under Kenwright we will never seriously threaten to win the Premier League and we will continue to sell our best players. I for one am resigned to this.

What makes me sad is my grand kids and my great grandson are doomed to the same fate.

Colin Glassar
48 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:27:56
This has gone bloody miserable hasnÂ’t it? Oh well, I also doubt we will ever win the league under the present regime unless a sugar daddy oligarch buys us.

Chairman Bill no doubt loves his toy but his pathological refusal to try and sell the club will always see us struggle to get to nirvana.

Neil Pickering
49 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:26:33
@Ant Summers. My Mrs keeps trying to get me to go in your shop when IÂ’m in town; I keep bottling it though!

Is it any good in there like?

Barry Stevens
50 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:27:57
Good signing for the club. Sitting in the stands at WHL earlier this season, I was very impressed with his performance vs us.
Matt Muzi
51 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:08:17
IÂ’m happy with Lennon, at least his arrival (if heÂ’s fit), will push McGeady off the pitch.

HeÂ’s clearly come to us to put himself in the shop window & Spurs know heÂ’s likely to play games based on the competition for wing places at the club.

Would I have liked a goalkeeper? Definitely. Howard costs us at least 10 points a season & while Robles appears to be getting better; we need a solid keeper. Marshall for me, or Vorm are proven & IÂ’d like to think they could be bought, not sure whether the young Norwegian lad theyÂ’ve been looking at is who RM is going for. If we can sell Howard to an MLS club in the summer, then itÂ’s a no-brainer for me.

We definitely need two new centre halves, Distin is going in the summer, he very nearly went last night and he has been woeful all season in my opinion.

Jags for me, while he looks better alongside Stones, has been poor as well this season, but for me Alcaraz has to go. IÂ’d like to see Mings and (if Hull go down) Davies coming in. My main defensive concern is weÂ’re going to lose Garbutt on a free in the summer.

For me, get to the summer & start the clear out, Gibson, Alcaraz, McGeady, Pienaar, Howard, with Distin going on a free & IÂ’d start pushing Hibbert & Osman to do their coaching badges. Why on earth they were given contract extensions is ridiculous.

Christy Ring
52 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:19:00
Lennon is fast and direct and is a good addition, his one flaw is he takes one touch too many and should cross the ball earlier but that can be sorted and with him on the flank it will stop BobÂ’s slow and pedestrian play through the middle.
Phil Walling
53 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:53:29
Ant Summers. I went to an AGM with me aul da around 1971 when Moores was in the chair. It was all over in 20 minutes and no questions to Catterick were permitted! Talk about a closed shop, itÂ’s never been anything different!
Colin Metcalfe
54 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:59:07
Fuck off!! I am not buying that for a second! Spurs arenÂ’t flying but doing a lot better than us, I am sure he would prefer staying with Tottenham than a side flirting with relegation. We are just the best of a bad bunch on offer.
Raymond Fox
55 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:25:21
It's pretty obvious to everyone, or should be, that in the Premier League, the most money spent on players almost always equals the higher up the league you will finish.

One or two of the big spenders may come unstuck and buy a few failures, granted... but the top 4 is occupied each season by 4 of perm any 4 from 6 of the usual suspects, and it will be again this season.

The records are there in black and white, since the the Premier League began, we have really been the only team that spent relatively small that have challenged the status quo. It's something we can be proud of but we have still not won anything!

Hope springs eternal, but it's depressingly obvious that, unless we attract a very rich sugar daddy, nothing will change.

Eugene Ruane
56 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:35:11
Ant Summers - "We will always be under achievers with BK in charge"

True, but IÂ’ve given up on all that.

Having seen (and read) the general response from (seemingly) the majority of Evertonians a couple of years back, to those prepared to get off their arses to attempt to challenge him/our board, my view now is that Â’weÂ’ deserve all we get (or rather..donÂ’t).

30,000 people protesting after every home game might (nb: only said might) have some effect, but instead fat-head is applauded and the small group of people who do protest become the target.

To be honest, it seems to be an odd British thing - there are stories being Â’investigatedÂ’ right now about some of Â’ourÂ’ (former) politicians being allegedly present while children were murdered and sexually abused.

There have allegedly been cover ups, there HAVE been documents Â’lostÂ’ and allegedly royals involved and whatÂ’s our response?

Mobs on the streets?

Talk of revolution?

Not a bit of it – more like ’Yeah but that Russell Brand lives in a big house’ and ’Get Perez out!"

I repeat, we deserve them.

Fraser Auld
57 Posted 03/02/2015 at 20:49:30
I wonder if heÂ’ll start on Saturday. Guess Bobby would love to start him but will depend on how fit he is.

Who predicted McGeady and Atsu would turn out to be as diabolical as they have been this season, their performances and form effectively forced right wing to the top of our priorities and Lennon was the best available for a nowt...

Surely Lennon canÂ’t be any worse!

Bobby Thomas
58 Posted 03/02/2015 at 21:13:58
Lennon will perk us up for the last few months. We have needed some different wide mid/wing options and, on his day, he can be very, very dangerous. Think he could help Rom.

Long term however, I donÂ’t feel he is the answer. Ultimately, he has always been a bit one dimensional & not quite good enough. Decent though. Has a good level of experience and knows the drill. Used to terrify Evra as well, bizarrely.

HeÂ’s 27 already though, and if he does well you can imagine Martinez taking him on 4-year deal for ٦ million!!

Frank McGregor
59 Posted 03/02/2015 at 21:10:44
Angry Ant, I can tell you without fear of contradiction there has been a lot worse people running Everton. I first watched the Blues in 1947 and watched them and Liverpool drop down to the old Second Division. The club could be run better, I agree, but don't run away with the idea it could not get worse – check Aston Villa.

It maybe be hard for a lot of posters, but a more positive outlook could help and give Aron Lennon a chance.

Michael Kenrick
60 Posted 03/02/2015 at 21:15:55
Opinions are bound to differ on what Lennon will do for us over the coming months. That's the nature of the beast.

What is amusing to me is that, out of the thousands of football fantasy posts these last 6 to 8 weeks, did anyone finger Aaron Lennon as prospective incoming? Nevermind the solution to all our nightmares.

I think that is reflected in the mixed ratings he's getting. Yes, he can be an exciting player. But will he be?

Meanwhile, as Eugene intimates, the figure of the Blue Union and it's vendetta against BK lurks just under the surface, understandably agitated when yet another transfer window fails to come anywhere near meeting those fantasy football dreams...

Paul Tran
61 Posted 03/02/2015 at 21:30:43
The things is, Michael, if we knew he'd be an exciting player, he wouldn't be coming to us on loan, would he? He's either going to resurrect his career and wake us up, or he's going to be another damp squib.

Whatever you think of Kenwright, he fucked off Man Utd in the summer, tied up a few players on long contracts after the stick he got for players lost and gave Martinez the money for Lukaku.

Where did that get him? His manager's dragged us to mid-table. It would be churlish to give him stick for Martinez's mistakes this season.

Craig Mills
62 Posted 03/02/2015 at 21:45:34
Has anyone picked up on what the option to buy price will be for Lennon at the end of the season? I'm guessing ٤M-ish but not read anything to back that up.
Raymond Fox
63 Posted 03/02/2015 at 21:24:57
Let's hope Lennon can bring us more goal chances, it's worth a try.

We badly need a link from back to front, a top quality playmaker in the middle. We've plenty of midfielders but none of them really fit the bill, problem is we are going to have to replace all the ageing players very shortly so there's little chance of spare cash for another midfielder.

I can see Barkley getting sold, but his value has probably dropped given his form this season.

Jamie Crowley
64 Posted 03/02/2015 at 21:48:02
I wasn't initially in favor of bringing Lennon in as I've always seen a hell of a lot of pace followed by the laying of a tremendous fart with this guy. His end-product is to be desired. But, the more I've pondered this, the more I'm very glad he's been brought in.

We need balance. Shoving Barkley out wide just doesn't work, and it throws the entire chemistry off. We have a real winger with blinding pace now and it's going to help us find that balance in the side we've so desperately lacked.

He's going to lay that proverbial fart more than once a game. But his width and pace will help open space for others – and I think that positive may outweigh the negatives of his game.

Here's hoping. At a bare minimum we have a different look and a new face in the squad to hopefully lift the team a bit.

Mark Taylor
65 Posted 03/02/2015 at 22:08:49
The brutal truth is that Lennon on a loan is pretty much the best we can do. All the money has gone on Lukaku and I can pretty much guarantee there won't be any significant additional net spend in the next few windows. One of the problems to my mind is that we have far too many ageing and/or injury ravaged players picking up decent wages so there is limited space and financial wriggle room.

Within those very modest parameters, I think Lennon is worth a punt. Once, he was a very decent player and looked set for a long England career. I notice he's had more than his fair share of injuries recently and has barely played, but if he was good once, there is a chance he might be again, which is more than you can say for some of our other secondary acquisitions.

I also think we did need a wide player. It is absurd trying to play Barkley in a wide role, not his strength at all and the back-up (McGeady, Atsu, Pienaar) are either past their best-before date... or never had one in the first place.

Jamie Crowley
66 Posted 03/02/2015 at 22:20:53
I just saw the pic of Lennon at the signing and holding up the jersey.

I read nothing into other than he looks like he's going for the no-smile-mug-shot-tough-guy look.

So he didn't show his pearly whites and wanted to look a bit "tough". Could care less.

Bobby Thomas
67 Posted 03/02/2015 at 22:18:12
Frank #59

I have checked Aston Villa. Lerner’s pulled the plug and stopped putting any money in.

Just the same as ours have done for the entirety of the 15 years they’ve been here. They run it on the TV money.

We made progress on Moyes’s transfer market savvy.

The sales of Rodwell and Fellaini purchased our last buys. And, naturally, covered any holes in the accounts. Barkley or McCarthy next. It’s the business plan.

Phil Bellis
68 Posted 03/02/2015 at 22:45:55
Eugene Ruane 56

Oh for the days of cushions on the pitch! Demos in the Winslow (Gerry on piano, me on kazoo); Mr John must be turning etc...

Brin Williams
69 Posted 03/02/2015 at 22:41:43
MK @60 "as Eugene intimates, the figure of the Blue Union and it's vendetta against BK lurks just under the surface."

Not sure that I read Eugene's post that way – but more of his reaction to the apathy of our kind!

Anyway I am saddened to see Ruane in such despondent mood, I do so miss the humour of old.

I do hope that he has not lost all hope!!!

Tony Abrahams
70 Posted 03/02/2015 at 22:36:33
Bobby Thomas, it's the buisness plan that seems to be accepted by a decent majority.
Kenwright thought he had won the lottery with record season ticket sales in the summer and went right over the top in putting up "The Muriel Of Martinez".

Roberto should have told him to fuck off until he had won us something. Hope he did, but his Boss told him, he'd won him plenty of money, Which was much more important than any trophy! It's the most barren spell in the clubs history and yet they are amongst the twenty richest clubs in the world. Fuck the glory boys because it's all about the money!!!

"Welcome to Everton FC, Aaron Lennon, I just hope your saving your smile until Saturday Night".

Eugene Ruane
71 Posted 03/02/2015 at 22:57:14
I'll cheer up in a minute Brin, World At War just starting on Yesterday Channel (ep 22, Japan).
Simon Temme
73 Posted 03/02/2015 at 21:24:12
Fraser#57 & Bobby#58,

Glad we got back on thread after a brief, ideological discussion on the British establishment and the lack of class action protest (Just taking the piss the Eugene#56 - I am with you 100%).

Lennon can't be worse than McGeady and I seem to remember many times he has caused constination in our defence.

RM's track record on signings may be quite patchy but I have a feeling this lad can give us a much needed lift and a return to square pegs.

Tom Dodds
74 Posted 03/02/2015 at 23:24:48
Yep, this last transfer window is the downstroke one in Fagin's workplace wherein we get only gruel... We will have to wait for the sale of Barkley/McCarthy/Stones before this summer's supper (as Bobby pointed out #67) Any fucker out there want to march with me and get shot of this 'Barnum & Bailey-like' parasite ...?? Thought not.

The Reds must look at us in stunned disbelief at the way we walk round with our beggars bowl outstretched season after fuckin season. And as we all know, they wouldn't take the bloody shyster for one season let alone 15.

Rant over till the season's early bird/new stadium/new sheikh investor/Delboy's comin time.

Gary Russell
75 Posted 04/02/2015 at 00:03:12
Hard to know what Lennon feels after watching this. Maybe he is a shy, self-conscious type when under the spotlight and in interviews.
Mark Andersson
76 Posted 03/02/2015 at 23:57:58
Lennon and McCarthy on song in the derby, get back to where we use to be, I feel fine because all you need is love. Yesterday all my troubles seem so far away, now it looks as there here to stay. The benifit of mr shite (Martinez) needs eight days a week, with a little help from my friends.

DonÂ’t let me down, the long and winding road, accross the universe, to your old brown shoe.

Mark Wilson
77 Posted 04/02/2015 at 01:26:57
Joe #14 I'm pretty sure that one of the few consistent things about the EFC finances is the fact that we always state we budget for one place above relegation, not 10th. Couple of things to say about that... the way this dire season has gone they may actually be spot on re the budget this time around......and that means any finish like 7th or 8th gives us a big boost in money terms.

Bizarre stuff re Lennon on here. I'd have had him in last year let alone this. The loan deal makes sense, his pace and crossing ability alone make it worth our while. As for all the speculation re Mirallas what's the point? He will go anyway regardless of the Lennon deal and I think to a club abroad not Spurs.

As for this transfer window, the manager has taken a truly huge gamble with our clubs future and BK has let him. It may turn round but all that's behind that is hope... there's no evidence whatsoever that we won't be fighting for our lives come April and no, getting that lucky win at Palace isn't evidence enough to wipe out Hull or West Brom etc. There honestly cannot be anyone in football who doesn't think we needed to add quality to the squad this week. But we've blown all the TV money on one player and paid ten mill over the odds for him, instead of seeking three decent players down the spine of the team in our dreadful close season.

A surprise win on Saturday will not actually change things too much but boy will it raise the spirits and that we really need.

David Ellis
78 Posted 04/02/2015 at 02:58:56
Stop press - the Normans are invading, London’s burning and 40% of the population seem to be dead of a mysterious plague after a ship turned up from Genoa, it gets cold in the winter and Everton are not in the top 6 richest clubs in England...and Kenwright does not have the money to change that

(we all know - we don’t like it, but please stop bleating about it, its dull - actually the Black Death could make for an interesting discussion but maybe not on this board)

Matt Traynor
79 Posted 04/02/2015 at 05:23:36
Mark #77, firstly, that budget for 17th place was during the first contract of Moyes' tenure. It's certainly not the case now, and the way the transfer record has been consistently broken for us, but more importantly the rise in playing staff wages is testimony to this. I think we were consistently top 8 in terms of total wages and a club that budgets for 17th does not do that, even QPR.

Secondly who knows what RM wanted to do in January? Whether you think he was allowed to spend or not is one thing, but last season, and at least twice under Moyes, we were in with a realistic shout of top 4 by the end of the January window, and the club did nothing. Why do you think that is? Because they budget for 17th? Or because the money isn't actually there?

Ciaran Duff
80 Posted 04/02/2015 at 06:44:32

I am pretty sure that the club still budget on 17th spot which is the conservative and correct thing to do. If we place above that then it would go into the following year's kitty.

As regards this transfer window, I think that Lennon is a reasonable acquisition in an area where we probably do need extra quality. Being a loan it is also low risk. IMHO, the most critical area that we need strengthening is a creative MF.

However, the January window is a notoriously difficult one to get any quality at a decent price. Seems like RM is taking the long term view and waiting til the summer. In an age of instant gratification this can be hard for some people to accept.

Kieran Fitzgerald
81 Posted 04/02/2015 at 06:48:50
I'm happy enough with Lennon coming in. A player in a position we need filled and more options and competition for places. Him for Eto'o already seems a fair deal. Eto'o has already fallen out with the Sampdoria coach as he has refused this week to do extra training.

I'm sorry the rumour/link concerning a swap deal for Distin and Winston Reid didn't come true. I would hope the club has the sense to tie Reid down to a pre-contract now if he is a free agent in the summer.

Matt Traynor
84 Posted 04/02/2015 at 07:17:49
Ciaran #80, I can't point to any references, but am sure that several years back the club stated that they used to budget for 17th, but they no longer did. Joe's original suggestion of 10th rings bells.

On your point about accruals though, there was a period for 3 or even 4 windows where we didn't sign a player for cash - there was even an "Everton Transfer Timer" clock website at one point. Again, pre RM there was a figure of less than ١m annual net transfer spend.

None of this tallies with the concept of prudent financial policy at the club. If they are still budgeting for 17th then that shows how out of depth they are. No business should be budgeting for failure and hoping for better.

And I stand by my original point. If they budget for 17th, why isn't that reflected in the wage bill?

Phil Walling
85 Posted 04/02/2015 at 08:27:16
I, too, believe current budgeting is based on 10th place. I even think manager's and staff bonuses kick in at that level. Sure I've read that somewhere.
Andrew Ellams
86 Posted 04/02/2015 at 08:36:29
If the club budgets for 10th then there can be no surprise when no money is spent in January when 10th place is starting to look like a challenge.
Scott Hamilton
87 Posted 04/02/2015 at 09:00:45
God, I hope he's this season's Kevin Campbell!
Colin Glassar
88 Posted 04/02/2015 at 09:02:46
Or Jelavic, Scott. I see Distin turned down WHU because they didn’t offer him a long term deal. I can’t wait till the summer to get rid of him.
Eddie Dunn
89 Posted 04/02/2015 at 09:07:56
Ciaran 80, you are spot on about the instant gratification people demand these days.

We just have to accept that we will be better off buying in the summer, especially as Mr Manager won't be at the World Cup, and hopefully will put in some research and development, as well as a pre-season. Wouldn't that be something?

Sam Hoare
90 Posted 04/02/2015 at 09:20:29
Yes, Colin. Time has finally caught up with Sylvain. Truth be told it's high time that Martinez had a big clear out. I can understand wanting to do things gradually but this season we have been really hampered by the form and lack of availability from the likes of Howard, Distin, Pienaar, Gibson, Alcaraz, Osman and to an extent Barry. I think the first 5 of those and maybe Ossie (if injury stories are true) could and should be moved on this Summer with very little detrimental effect on the pitch. Many of them are probably on good wages that can be used on players that are more likely to be on the pitch than in the treatment room.

I'm still waiting for this passionate manager who plays attacking football with young, pacy players. In Stones, McCarthy, Coleman, Barkley, Besic, Lukaku and possibly even Robles we have the nucleus of a young dynamic football team and Baines, Jagielka and Mirallas (if he stays) are excellent Premier League players. Just need to shift out a few of the older guard and replace them with more Besic like signings; young, athletic, technically gifted and bursting with hunger for it (the sort of players Martinez brought more into Wigan than he has to us like Moses, Valencia, Figueroa, N'Zogbia, Diame etc).

Murdo Laing
91 Posted 04/02/2015 at 09:13:18
This loan may well be a precursor to Aaron Lennon becoming a makeweight in Kevin Mirallas moving to Spurs at the end of the season, as other posters have said, but EFC are unlikely to make a big wedge on Mirallas, not if Levy has anything to do with it.

My main memory of Lennon in live action was when he mullered us for pace attacking the Gwladys Street in a Spurs shirt and knocked in a great cross for Berbatov who casually rifled home. It occurred to me at the time that this was the sort of pace we had lacked at our club for a long long time.

I say let's give the kid a chance; also, let's hope young Atsu can return from ACON rejuvenated for the last few months in an Everton shirt. I feel that if all our defenders stay fit, the (collective) form will improve. To me, the key is to get the ball out to wide positions at pace so that Lukaku can begin to get some decent service without continually having to show his arse to the goal in forward play. Then you might see the big man do the business.

There's no merit in RM persisting with too much lateral play, the gloves need to come off, and hopefully the Aaron Lennon signing is a nod towards RM accepting the need for more incision and width. COYB

Brin Williams
92 Posted 04/02/2015 at 10:08:39
ER 71 'World At War just starting on Yesterday Channel (ep 22, Japan).'

I think that episode was a cracker – went off with a bang as I recall.

Dave Lynch
93 Posted 04/02/2015 at 10:28:49
Why can't people have a bit of humility with regards Distin?

The lad has served us really well over the past seasons and has put in some blinding displays at the back. It's not his fault time has caught up with him, it catches up with us all.

Sam Hoare
94 Posted 04/02/2015 at 11:07:22
Dave, was that directed at me? I'm certainly not saying its his fault, simply that I don't think he will be offering enough. Am sure he'd prefer to go somewhere where he's first choice anyway.
Brian Hennessy
95 Posted 04/02/2015 at 10:59:06
Had a vision last night about this weekend.

A down to the RS with 15 minutes left to go, Lennon comes on and with his first run down the wing, sets up Lukaku for the equalizer.

In the final minute another Lennon run into the box, he is brought down by Stevie G who is shown a straight red card in his last merseyside Derby.

As Gerard walks down the tunnell to a "warm" reception by the Everton fans, Mirallas picks up the ball to take the pen.

Big Dunc sprints from the dugout, catches the terrified Belgian by the corner flag before laying him out flat with a single punch, Dunc places the ball on the spot for Baines who slots the ball into the net sending the Toffee fans crazy before the final whistle sounds.

If only...

Simon Jones
96 Posted 04/02/2015 at 11:58:15
I'm pleased the lad chose us, whatever his shortcomings are, he will add some pace and hopefully a bit more directness to our play. I'm pretty sure he gets into the first too, rather than warming the bench.

For what it's worth though, I can't see us suddenly going on a run and catching the Barcodes or Stoke. I've got a feeling 11th or 12th is where we are at this season.

James Marshall
97 Posted 04/02/2015 at 12:59:12
Reality check. This isn't Football Manager gents. You can't just 'get rid' of people willy nilly. Nor can you simply buy a keeper mid season.

You're talking about human beings, contracts, lives. This isn't your Playstation.

With all due respect, an awful lot of people on here need to learn the difference between fantasy and reality.

Chris Williams
98 Posted 04/02/2015 at 14:12:35
Personally I think this is just what we needed. Too many times this season weÂ’ve been found out, teams press us high up the pitch causing mistakes from our players and preventing us from playing. Teams playing us now will have to think twice, recently weÂ’ve been a little more direct but the key thing now is if teams press us high up, we have Miralles and Lennon on the wings who can provide much needed pace to the flanks, set free by a direct ball.

Tactically I think this is a good signing, I believe the football we saw last year isnÂ’t far off returning as itÂ’ll give the central mids more time on the ball due to opposition defence sitting deeper to avoid the threat of a counter attack with pace.

Dave Lynch
99 Posted 04/02/2015 at 14:26:15
No Sam it wasn't aimed at you.

More at Colins statement of. "I can't wait till summer to get rid of him".

Like I said, a bit of humility and a look back at what he has offered and done for the club since being here, his good eprformances have far outweighed his poor ones.

Bill Gall
100 Posted 04/02/2015 at 14:02:59
Regarding the theory on the way Everton budget. The reality of how low our expectations are, we are allready
talking of signing another Man Utd reject T.Cleverly on a free transfer.

We all realise that we have players who are considered deadwood, at the end of their careers or just not good enough for the premier. The reality is that we do not have the financial backing to do a wholesale clear out of these players and it has to be done gradually. This raises the problem of as you are gradually getting rid of your deadwood over the seasons your other players are aging and reaching the same stage.

Unless we start encouraging and developing our youth team players, monies that become available for transfers should be used for players at 24 or under to allow for the build up of the team. You will allways have to have 2-3 more experienced players to keep the team balanced.

The problem as I see it is, that not having a lot of trophy's or a shot of a league title in years we are expecting or demanding more than what we are going to get with the Chairman and Board we presently have.

Gareth Fieldstead
102 Posted 04/02/2015 at 16:01:01
Totally agree Dave (99) Distin has been a great servant for us. Considering we managed to get 㿄 million for Lescott and we got him for a fraction of that but the same standard of performance week after week was great business, shame MoyesÂ’s other two signings from that deal didnÂ’t work out as well.

Your right Colin, what is with the glum collective mood? ItÂ’s not like Liverpool, Man Utd, West Ham or numerous other clubs have done any business in this window. As pointed out on the live feed on the end of the transfer window, it highlighted how little activity was going on when Skysports were making such a huge deal of Huth leaving Stoke!

I think we have a very good player desperate to prove several people wrong, just approaching his peak with plenty of experience of the PL and all on a loan with little risk to ourselves. I think he will be great for us.

Pete Owen
103 Posted 04/02/2015 at 18:07:55
A couple of points to make here.

Please donÂ’t write Lennon off before heÂ’s even pulled on the shirt, give the guy a chance to show his wares!

My other point is: I read and hear so many Blue fans moaning that we should be top 4, that we didnÂ’t invest when we were close to top 4 and we should not be a mid table team. Now from my perspective we ARE a mid-table team who have slightly overachieved in recent seasons. We CANNOT even begin to compete with the current top 4 because we have not the multi multi billionaire needed to buy the assets to attain said top 4. If and when we manage to unearth a young talent capable of playing in a top 4 team, he will be sold; we are a selling club, thatÂ’s what we do.

I love this club, I really do, I believe weÂ’re being run incredibly well considering the monies involved, I also believe a LOT of fans canÂ’t see this. They think we have a divine right to be at the upper eschelons of the EPL, competing with Arab states and oligarchs....

As to this season, my belief is our failings on the pitch are 90% due to the damned Europa League and itÂ’s cumulative effect it has on the rhythm of the playing staff week in-week out. I tend to believe the people whoÂ’ve "been there and done that" ie managers past and present, regarding the EL, I hear them saying what a curse it is and how it affects the players energy levels and routine, sure there are clubs who can manage this tournament with their huge squads of decent players. But financially it is a pointless exercise as winning the EL will net roughly 㾻m and almost certainly sacrifice 10 league placings...again the equivalent of 㾻m....but with tired players and players wanting out due to the future looking bleak etc.

The sooner we get beaten and are out of the EL the better IMO, (hopefully this round) and we can focus our attentions and energy on the league.

I love you Everton I really do. NSNO. COYB

Mike Childs
105 Posted 05/02/2015 at 01:11:13
As an American, I just don't understand why we don't have any money. We buy low and sell high. TV money is great and we average 30k or better fans at all home games. We, also don't pay astronomical salaries.

Murdo Laing
107 Posted 05/02/2015 at 11:08:10
Mike #105, I think the issue debated on here, buddy, is that we have a business model which aims at reducing the club debt over time and, for many years, that debt has been serviced by both selling players at a profit and the "golden goose" of the Sky TV money.

Our outgoings are quite substantial, we pay players well, but cannot compete with the top six or seven right now. We also royally fucked up on the deal with KitBag and make nothing like the money on merchandise sales that the "Sky 4" elite make.

Our stadium is also crumbling and, unlike LIverpool FC, we don't have a go-ahead set-up like Fenway Sports to fund and deliver new improved stadium facilities. You will know Fenway have a track record of revamping old stadia from what they did with the Red Sox?

Our board have, sadly, failed in each attempt so far to find a workable site in Liverpool for our new ground and satisfy investors, politicians and planners of the efficacy of the projects (eg, King's Dock and Destination Kirkby). The club income from our home and away attendances count for little actually when you look at the Sky money.

Still, we do have Finch Farm... well, sort of – we don't own it! Apart from that, the club is in rude health!

Richard Reeves
108 Posted 05/02/2015 at 11:24:28
Eugene Ruane (#56), I know exactly what you’re saying there and agree completely.
Gavin Johnson
109 Posted 05/02/2015 at 13:30:40
I think we're definitely in a stronger position with Eto'o leaving and getting Lennon on board. Apparently there was no loan fee involved and we're just paying the 60k wages (which Eto'o's wages will now cover) Eto'o was being asked to play out wide and now we've got a natural winger so I have no complaints.

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