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Lennon not yet looking beyond this season

25/03/2015  Comments (29)  jump

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Aaron Lennon has confirmed that he and his representatives have not held any discussions with Everton regarding making his loan move from Tottenham permanent this summer.

He scored his first goal for the Blues on Sunday against QPR, prompting inquiries of Roberto Martinez from the media about the 27 year-old's longer-term future but the Blues' manager insisted that no talks have taken place yet.

Both parties are keen to see how the rest of the season plays out before deciding on their next move, with Lennon happy just to be playing regular football again after seeing his Spurs career stall under Mauricio Pochettino.

We've not looked or spoke about it, Lennon told the Liverpool Echo. All I am looking at is the next game and playing as well as I can and trying to help the team to win.

I wasn't playing at all [at Spurs] and all the lads and the gaffer have given me a lot of confidence so it is like a fresh start and I've just tried to give it 100% and give it everything I've got.

As I say, we've not looked at it long-term, I am just here to try and help the team win and taking each game as it comes."

Speculation in recent days has suggested that the former Leeds United winger could be available for 6m at the end of the season should Everton decide to make his switch from White Hart Lane a permanent one.

Quotes sourced from Liverpool Echo

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Rob Dolby
1 Posted 25/03/2015 at 19:34:33
Let's hope he finds his happy place.
John Cartwright
2 Posted 25/03/2015 at 19:39:40
It doesn't make me think he's desperate to come here, full of enthusiasm for our great club.
Nathan Snell
3 Posted 25/03/2015 at 19:34:52
This is my first ever post, but I've been a visitor of the site for years – just got around to activating my account!!

I realise a similar topic has been discussed a length recently, only I feel that Lennon would be a good acquisition to the squad – especially now following the FA rule changes that include a reduction in the maximum number of non-homegrown players permitted in a club's first-team squad of 25 from 17 to 13, phased over four years from 2016.

This would have the effect of ensuring that in a squad of 25, 12 players would have to be home grown. So although there wont be a major sell on fee the figure quoted in the media is modest in comparison to the market and he definitely shown promise and will no doubt add further value to the team/squad for the next 2-3 years. Sign him up!

Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 25/03/2015 at 19:51:05
John, maybe he reads ToffeeWeb and realises that a lot on here don't want him at Everton, although to be fair quite a few of us do want him here.
Steve Chesters
5 Posted 25/03/2015 at 19:52:50
He can go to hell as far as I'm concerned, that look on his face when he arrived said the lot.

Doesn't he realise what a great club he is playing for? ..... Obviously not.

Phil Sammon
6 Posted 25/03/2015 at 19:58:26
The club photographer wants sacking for those photos. How the hell did they get the 'go ahead'?!

Don't think there's anything wrong with his comments here. He's showing more desire than most of the others on the pitch. I hope he keeps it up.

Sid Logan
7 Posted 25/03/2015 at 20:08:48
I'd have him but not so sure about ٤m.

As well as his pace I've admired his effort since he joined us - surprisingly he is actually a worker!

Not sure he's a 90 minute every game player.

Kelvin Thomas
8 Posted 25/03/2015 at 20:25:23
Get him in. Mirallas out, Atsu back to Chelsea, leaves us with McGeady os our only option out wide.

Bring back Deulofeu with Mirallas money!

Chris Williamson
9 Posted 25/03/2015 at 20:49:13
Right about those photos – blame the photographer, not Lennon. I think that's just how he smiles. Some people don't have it in them. Imagine if Gordon Brown had signed for us?
Stephen Daniels
10 Posted 25/03/2015 at 21:02:36
I think we should have him, he works hard and is a proper pacey winger and – with Mirallas going, Atsu going, Pienaar finished – we only have McGeady... and he is not up to much.
Stephen Bird
11 Posted 25/03/2015 at 21:15:08
My wife never smiles, though I'm sure she loves me. Aaron has proved on the pitch his workrate; I'm still not convinced about his creativity but I believe in his desire!! That's massive for me.
James Ford
12 Posted 25/03/2015 at 21:17:57
Bit ironic that the grumpiest website I read, with the grumpiest "fans" (should be called grumpeeweb).... Are having a go at a bloke for not smiling....
Patrick Murphy
13 Posted 25/03/2015 at 21:27:45
James - I suppose you had better tune in to Toffee TV1, that is almost certainly going to make some of us even more grumpier than we already are.
Colin Glassar
14 Posted 25/03/2015 at 21:47:46
Should we only sign smiley players then? Jags often gets stick for smiling before games, so I’m confused.
Sid Logan
15 Posted 25/03/2015 at 21:51:58
The non-smiling Lennon photos are a complete blue herring and are best forgotten about.

The don't friggin' matter – don't be so insecure about the attraction of our club even in these dire times!

Patrick Murphy
16 Posted 25/03/2015 at 22:01:11
Nobody at Everton FC or involved with the playing side or supporters of the club should be smiling at this point in time, the whole season has been a shambles.

I have just watched the Toffee TV output which raises some very pertinent questions as to why do we as supporters put up with being an also ran club and why does the media, particularly the local media allow the owners of the club such an easy ride.

We have seen how other supporters of other clubs have made their feelings very clear, when they aren't happy everybody in the world knows they're not happy and something is done about it. One of the lads said that Everton FC have become almost an irrelevance outside of its own fan-base and that it is likely that we will continue in that vein for the foreseeable future.

Apparently Karen Brady had a go at Big Sam asking him to sort things out and they are having a relatively successful season plus they are going to be moving into a shiny new stadium in the near future.

Who is having a go at our manager? Do they even care?

Where are Everton's three/four/five year plans?

What direction do the people who own the club want us to go in?

What targets have been set for the team if any?

What has been done to raise funds for a new stadium?

Are the people who run the club really just happy to keep ploughing the same old furrow?

Do they honestly find contentment in maintaining Everton FC's place in the Premier League?

Are we as supporters also content as long as our club maintain Premier League status and are we all too willing to sit on our hands, as players and managers come and go but with no real ambition to win silverware and before we know where we are another decade will have come and gone.

Of course football dreams and ambitions require money but as Roberto said himself there is more than one way to skin a cat, but surely there must be a plan in place, if there is one how about informing the supporters of what it looks like; it doesn't have to be heavily detailed just an outline of what that plan is, and if there isn't a plan, how can we ever expect Everton FC to achieve anything?

Colin Glassar
17 Posted 25/03/2015 at 22:39:12
Depressing reading... but true, Patrick. Bloody hell.
Harold Matthews
19 Posted 25/03/2015 at 23:46:49
Fella gets stick for not jumping for joy when he probably feels a bit nervous and out of place in new surroundings. ToffeeWeb is beginning to hit new lows.
Paul Kelly
20 Posted 25/03/2015 at 23:40:23
Good post, Patrick.

I think the dumbing down of expectations from TGT and BB over the past decade is now ingrained in a lot of our fan base. I get the feeling a lot of people don't feel they have the right to moan or were all just sitting back waiting for somebody else to start the ball rolling.

The thing is, nobody has to do anything more than not buy a ticket to start off. But even that's hard. It's part of people's lives in a major way. I know of several people who aren't renewing their season tickets, and we're talking about fans who've been going the match since I was cacking yellow; disillusioned doesn't come close.

Paul Kelly
21 Posted 26/03/2015 at 00:22:02
ps, Mr Lennon, put a bag on your head before the next photo shoot, look what you've started.
Brian Porter
22 Posted 26/03/2015 at 00:39:53
٤m would barely buy a half-decent Championship winger these days, so I say buy him if we can, and sod whether he smiles or not as long as he delivers on the pitch which so far he is doing. And, he's making a better job of it than many who are wearing the shirt at present.
Christopher Kelly
23 Posted 26/03/2015 at 02:37:41
He's obviously playing for a new chance. A price has been put on his head and he realizes that it's a good opportunity here. His lack of smile says everything we need to know.

Re Patrick's post: this has been something that I have banged on about for years. We're spinning our wheels with this board and frankly it's tough to keep giving a toss. They obviously don't care about winning so why should we?

We have been sold a false bill of goods here.... [See what I did there?]

Rahul Sreekumar
24 Posted 26/03/2015 at 06:06:24
Does anyone know if that FA rule change is going to happen for sure or if it's being discussed/debated over?
Jim Bennings
25 Posted 26/03/2015 at 08:30:58
Fucking hell are people still going on about those photos??

I can't even believe the publicity they got at the time.

The major news stories going on in the world and a couple of badly taken photos seem to be the most important topic on earth...

Just sign the lad up!!

He's a proven Premier League performer and, unlike some foreign mercenaries he will put a shift in for you, just ask any Spurs fans.

Ian Brandes
26 Posted 26/03/2015 at 09:08:58
Very much agree with Jim, we should sign him if the price is right, and he wants to come. His blistering pace gives us a new dimension and he is a real trier.

Wasn't arsed about the photos when he arrived, and I am not now.

Brent Stephens
27 Posted 26/03/2015 at 09:15:13
Jim, can't have people looking miserable buggers in photos. I mean, where would ToffeeWeb be if we had people on here who came across as miserable buggers!
Eddie Dunn
28 Posted 26/03/2015 at 11:57:25
Sign him up, he is better than McGeady, and has a good attitude ( unlike Mirallas at the moment). His final ball may not always be great, but same could be said for Mirallas, Deulofeu, McGeady, Kone, Naismith, Lukaku, etc, etc. He has pace, and scores the odd goal and it is particularly, pace that this team needs more of.
Max Fine
29 Posted 26/03/2015 at 15:06:31
Our decline begins; swapping Mirallas for the 'hard-working' Lennon. How depressing. Maybe we can also start to Keep It Tight And Pinch One. The anticipation of seeing Lennon, Naismith, Besic and McCarthy in the middle for us next season is almost too much to bare.
Jim Bennings
30 Posted 26/03/2015 at 16:44:18

Mirallas will want to leave, once a player wants to go there's not a lot you can do to keep them sadly, apart from look after your own end and make sure you get the best deal possible.

Mirallas is a player I do like but, let's be honest, he's also a Charlie big time.

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