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Lennon has one more goal before season's end

by | 06/05/2015  Comments (25)  jump

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While his long-term future remains unclear, Aaron Lennon says he wants to score a goal at Goodison Park before the end of his loan spell with Everton.

The 27 year-old winger has enjoyed a successful spell with the Blues since arriving from Tottenham in January and he may have done enough to persuade Roberto Martinez to make the London club an offer to sign him permanently at the end of the season.

Press speculation this morning suggests that Spurs' asking price may be more than Everton are willing to pay for the former England international but with one more home game before his current term ends — he will be ineligible to face his parent club on the final day — the player himself has one more target in case Saturday's home game with Sunderland is his last opportunity.

It would be great to sign off at Goodison with a goal, said Lennon, who has struck twice for the Blues already this season, away at Swansea and at QPR.

I would love to score there. I'll be trying hard to get a couple at the weekend.

"I've got a few goals since I have been here but I'm yet to get one at Goodison, so that would be a special moment for me.

Lennon lost his place in Tottenham's first team this season and was grateful for the opportunity of regular football afforded him by his loan move to Merseyside on transfer deadline day.

He has rewarded Martinez's faith in him with a series of industrious displays in Everton colours and a succession of starts for the Blues suggests that the Catalan has wanted to run a thorough rule over the player.

"I have enjoyed every moment here, Lennon continued. I have tried to give 100 per cent in every game, whether it be going forward or going back defending, and have just tried to help the lads.

They have been brilliant to me, as have the gaffer and his staff.  

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Darren Hind
1 Posted 06/05/2015 at 19:32:30
I like this lad, he has a terrific attitude and work ethic. I really hope he can notch against the Mackems, especially if rumours of Levy pricing him out of our reach turn out to be true.
Phil Walling
2 Posted 06/05/2015 at 19:42:38
He wonÂ’t be here next year but the lad had left his mark just as Donavon did some years ago.

His loan spell brought us back from the abyss and next year – and probably the year after – there will be regrets that he was allowed to escape.

But then weÂ’ve got McGeady and a whole raft of central midfielders who can be played on the wing, havenÂ’t we?

Dave Abrahams
3 Posted 06/05/2015 at 19:45:42
I hope he scores but as long as he carries on playing the way he has consistently played since he came, heÂ’ll do me.
Dave Abrahams
4 Posted 06/05/2015 at 19:49:38
Why do you think he will not be here next season Phil?.

٣ says he will.

Phil Walling
5 Posted 06/05/2015 at 19:52:13
Dave above: Cleverley and probably a fellow ex-Wiganer yet to be identified. I hear they are holding a fire sale!
Ross Edwards
6 Posted 06/05/2015 at 20:11:45
Fellow ex Wiganer?

Hopefully not NÂ’Zogbia Phil...

James Flynn
7 Posted 06/05/2015 at 20:11:29
If keeping Lennon is important, I would worry about Sherwood at Villa more than Levy.

AaronÂ’s not sitting in a Garbutt-like driverÂ’s seat; but pretty close. Roberto has put him in and left him in. CanÂ’t ask for more from the manager in making Everton attractive. Lennon comes, he plays.

But, LennonÂ’s no kid and surely has looked around the locker room and knows the squad is gonna go thru a massive turnover in the next year. He balances that against rejuvenated Aston Villa, managed by the guy who loved him at Spurs...

I think Levy has bigger fish to fry than a guy he paid little for, years ago, leaving. IÂ’d attach more to what Aaron wants, not Levy. I doubt Levy gives a shit, particularly. Players come and go. Spurs no different.

Jim Bennings
8 Posted 06/05/2015 at 20:57:48
Loved every minute of you being here Aaron lad!

As someone posted, you have injected some serious life in what was a completely lifeless looking bunch prior to your arrival.

It's obviously LennonÂ’s last home match for us on Saturday, letÂ’s hope it happens for him and IÂ’d love to see him back in blue next season.

I tell you what, you canÂ’t put a price on what pace and work-rate does for you and puts the shits up the opposition, so once heÂ’s gone and we are back to square pegs in round holes thatÂ’s when you miss it.

Colin Glassar
9 Posted 06/05/2015 at 21:44:42
HeÂ’s surprised me in all honesty but we canÂ’t be taken to the cleaners by Spurs. Offer them the ٤m on a take-it-or-leave-it basis.
Jim Bennings
10 Posted 06/05/2015 at 21:47:15
Watching Barcelona v Bayern Munich tonight and I can only be in awe of Lionel Messi, what a truly outstanding player.

It does make me chuckle when on here after a few good performances from our boys and you start hearing fans bring about the "world class" tag.

Few players in the world are genuinely world class but we need only watch Barcelona to see what real world class footballers look like.

Patrick Murphy
11 Posted 06/05/2015 at 22:06:40
I saw that display as well Jim - although it was disrupted for long periods - however, Messi must be the best player I have ever seen, he is a genius and head and shoulders above any other player in the world. CanÂ’t see Bayern overcoming that deficit in the second leg. mind I didnÂ’t see them overcoming Porto in the last round.
Ian Jones
12 Posted 06/05/2015 at 22:28:11
Think how good Messi could be if he could use his right foot... :) He would be worth twice as much.
Tony Hill
13 Posted 06/05/2015 at 22:38:55
Messi is extraordinary. I think I agree with Patrick that Messi is the best I have ever seen – including all of Pele, Best, Cruyff and Maradona – and he has defied the law of sporting averages with his consistent brilliance.

The only slight hesitation I have got is the familiar argument that, unlike Maradona, he hasnÂ’t done it for his country and that he has always played with top teammates. But still the best for me, over the longest period.

Colin Glassar
14 Posted 06/05/2015 at 22:56:23
Pele for me has always been the greatest ever but Messi is pushing him very close now. A genius in the truest sense of the word.
Malc Kitchen
15 Posted 06/05/2015 at 23:42:41
Howdy guys, IÂ’m new on here, but been an EFC fan for a long time! Read TW lots this season!

I agree about Lennon, GREAT attitude, always liked him at Spurs and has been a real shot in the arm for us! 6 weeks ago Spurs said "You can have Lennon for ٤M". Let's keep 'em to that, robbing gits! Remember the Pienaar fiasco?? They owe us!!!

Chris James
16 Posted 07/05/2015 at 00:05:11
I think weÂ’ll have Lennon next season and it wonÂ’t be for ٧M.
I canÂ’t see anyone else chipping in that money for him, itÂ’s totally standard Levy hardball negotiation.
Brian Porter
17 Posted 07/05/2015 at 00:08:04
Definitely want Lennon here next season. For once, letÂ’s see some positive pro-active action on the subject of transfers, Everton. Stand up and be counted. We want him, I believe he wants to be with us, so damn well do something to make it happen!
Steve Cotton
18 Posted 07/05/2015 at 08:12:40
Every team that takes a player on loan, knowing full well that they will be available at the end of the loan, always builds in a fee for a sale at the end.

There is no way we wouldnÂ’t have set a figure in the terms of the loan.

If we havenÂ’t then we are not worth even talking about as a professional outfit.

Max Wilson
19 Posted 07/05/2015 at 09:43:38
This guy is a Toffee already! His skill level is right (unlike at least 4 of RMÂ’s choices) and it appears heÂ’d like to stay with us. ٤ Mil is a fair price for his age.
Trevor Lynes
20 Posted 07/05/2015 at 16:19:10
I would like to see him stay with us and we just need a decent playmaker to provide goals for our strikers. I want to keep our Belgians too as God only knows where we would be without their goals.
Teddy Bertin
21 Posted 07/05/2015 at 18:37:16
Ian, I think MessiÂ’s second last night was all the evidence needed to show that heÂ’s got no problem using his right foot.
Murdo Laing
22 Posted 07/05/2015 at 18:30:14
I heard Roberto describing LennonÂ’s contribution as "phenomenal" today, in a radio interview. IÂ’m not sure about that, hyperbole of that sort should be reserved for the likes of Messi and Ronaldo, but there is no doubt that Lennon has been a critical factor in our turnaround in fortunes.

I had never viewed him previously as scrapping back for possession, but he is a tigerish little fella and I lost count of the number of times he dispossessed the opposition in the NUFC home game (ok, ok, I know, it WAS only Newcastle).

Anything north of ٣ mil land less that ٥ mill has got to be good business and with the benefit of a full pre -season who knows how much better this player can be? He was good enough to become a full international and did not look out of place there, so hereÂ’s hoping he can keep his mojo, but we do need that playmaker to make sure he gets good service out wide.

Mike Childs
23 Posted 07/05/2015 at 19:26:36
Speaking of Messi and the match yesterday I watched the first 66 intralling minutes then had to miss the the rest. Neuer was unbelievable but seeing the highlights the best player I have ever seen did him one better. Never really saw Pele or Maradona consistently so I could conceded that they were better but CR7 is a joke.

As for Lennon pace is everything too bad Levy owns him as I think the board will lowball them and we loose him. CanÂ’t blame the board, if we loose hm blame Levy. DonÂ’t blame the board? I canÂ’t believe I just typed that.

Danny Broderick
24 Posted 07/05/2015 at 20:11:43
ThereÂ’s something great about seeing Lennon back on Merseyside in an Everton top.
Danny Kewley
25 Posted 07/05/2015 at 21:31:28
Love to see the lad putting pen to paper for us for next season. His work rate is great and his pace is ideal for counter attacks.

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