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Lennon signs off with a win

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Aaron Lennon tweeted this thanks to Everton's fans for their support during his loan spell from Tottenham which he said he was "gutted" about being over so soon.

The winger joined the Blues on transfer deadline day and made 14 appearances and scored two goals as Roberto Martinez's side pulled away from the relegation zone and consolidated their position in mid-table.

He is ineligible to face his parent club in the final fixture of the season on Sunday but was happy that his last game against West Ham last Saturday was a victory.

"So happy to finish my loan on a win today!", he tweeted. "Loved every minute since I got here, gutted it's over so soon.

"[A]lso a special thank you to the fans for the great support for me since I got here. [S]pecial club."

Martinez has been full of praise for the 27 year-old and is widely believed to be keen on signing him on a permanent basis but much will depend on the fee that Spurs would demand for him.

He has a year left on his current contract at White Hart Lane and estimates of his value in the media have ranged from 5m to 9m.  


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Jim Jennings
1 Posted 19/05/2015 at 00:34:36
Would represent good value at ٣m and is a safe bet in that he works hard, has pace to burn and knows the league but if Spurs want closer to ٧m then we should shop around.
Mark Andersson
2 Posted 19/05/2015 at 02:36:30
Difficult one. Lennon should see out his contract and come back to us with a good signing on fee. Two fingers up to his chairman. Of course that will not happen because someone mug will pay over the odds for him.

There was six articles about LiverpoolÂ’s failings in the Mail Online and also one about Stones going to Chelsea for a miserly 㿀 million.

ThatÂ’s football.

Kieran Kinsella
3 Posted 19/05/2015 at 03:34:38
IÂ’m perplexed about the valuation controversy. HeÂ’s an England international, established premiership player who has been at a top sixish club his whole career. HeÂ’s now reaching his peak 28/29. So how is ٧ million an unreasonable fee?

We paid more than that for an untried Bilyaletdinov. We charged almost three times that for Lescott. More than that for an unproven, injury prone Rodwell, and God knows what price tag weÂ’d put on Barkley. If we want someone with his ability and experience then ٧ million isnÂ’t a bad price.

If we donÂ’t have that money then OK letÂ’s shop around for a ٣ million player but accept we may get damaged goods e.g. another Bilic or VDM. Or we take a gamble on a Jelavic or a Krøldrup.

Matt Traynor
4 Posted 19/05/2015 at 03:42:56
Kieran, I get what youÂ’re saying, but the sad fact is that ٧m is probably the bulk of our pot this close season, unless players are moved on for cash (weÂ’ll be losing some on frees).

Last season, we signed Lukaku and Barry permanently, but they werenÂ’t adding to the squad in the sense they were already here. Besic was the main addition. The reality of the loan system I guess.

Dick Fearon
5 Posted 19/05/2015 at 04:46:15
Roberto has shown he is not up to Moyes standard in the transfer market.

Personally if he is under ٥mil I would go for Lennon.

Matthew Williams
6 Posted 19/05/2015 at 05:05:11
You make a valid point Kieran Kinsella but I feel because we don't have pots of money we tend to only spend big on a player who is likely to have sell on value. If we were to spend ٧ Million on Lennon in a couple of years if we wanted to sell on we would only likely to reach a fee of around ٠ or 3 million. ٧ million isnÂ’t actually a lot in this age for most clubs but that is probably half our transfer kitty if we are lucky.
Peter McHugh
7 Posted 19/05/2015 at 07:02:44
Kieran - because he only has one year left on his contract and for ٧m you would hope to get somebody better. The players (apart from Billy) are English and for some reason despite English players being technically less gifted and going to nightclubs and causing more trouble (generalisation) they oddly fetch a higher premium
Sam Hoare
8 Posted 19/05/2015 at 07:11:19
Lennon has been good this season but if he joins us will only get worse. We would pay 5-8m and in 2 seasons time he will be worth 2-3m.

Would rather a younger player, possibly a certain mercurial spaniard who would probably cost 8m and could be worth twice as much in 2-3 years.

Paul Andrews
9 Posted 19/05/2015 at 07:09:28
Lyndon,

As you mentioned in the article, the sticking point will be the fee. Levy is notorious for hard bargaining when selling players.

I suppose a lot will depend on if other clubs come in for him. That will probably drive the fee higher. I would hope we bid at the lower end, ٧ mil is too high in my opinion. Hopefully Mirallas does not come into equation.

Steve Cotton
10 Posted 19/05/2015 at 08:28:35
A professional club always negotiates a fee at the start of the loan, particularly with the player coming into his last 12 months of contract.

The very fact that we don’t seem to have done so shows that whoever is sorting these things out needs firing.

Victor Yu
11 Posted 19/05/2015 at 08:36:48
٣M, I would say go for it. ٧M is a little too much though.
Patrick Murphy
12 Posted 19/05/2015 at 08:34:27
Danny Ings aged 22 on a free but high wages or Aaron Lennon aged 28 for ٧m and high wages?? It looks like the vultures over the park are going to be challenging Everton for any bargains due to their profligacy in recent years and that is why they will probably get Ings and Garbutt for next season, we wonÂ’t be paying ٧m for Lennon.
Jim Bennings
13 Posted 19/05/2015 at 08:48:43
Well done Aaron Lennon for at least being the wake up call that our tired looking lethargic bunch needed.

Lennon may have tailed off in the last few games (possibly due to lack of football all season with Spurs) but his overall contribution very very satisfying and itÂ’s not a coincidence that our form changed when Lennon came into the side, his name on the team sheet meaning the opposition have pace to worry about on the counter-attack.

IÂ’d love to see Lennon back here next season for whatever cost, anything under ٧ million is a steel for a 28-year-old experienced Premier League player.

I disagree that there wonÂ’t be considerable money available. In this modern era, every Premier League club is awash with cash and if we donÂ’t sell one Barkley, Coleman, Lukaku or Mirallas then IÂ’d be quite shocked really. So your then going to have the cash from one of those.

I donÂ’t want to see a big player leave us just to add to the transfer kitty but being a realist, I can see one going this summer. Add to that the big wage Distin is on, other fringe players will surely go like Alcaraz and you might see the odd surprise departure of another one or two squad players.

Christopher Timmins
14 Posted 19/05/2015 at 09:21:04
Lennon is a better option than McGeady but if Del Boy can be secured for similar money then he is the one!
Max Wilson
15 Posted 19/05/2015 at 09:44:35
It seems it will be all down to the price. Most of us like what what weÂ’ve seen although he has faded out of some games lately. HeÂ’s no chicken but with the right character (IÂ’m thinking of an Ossie) that doesnÂ’t mean he will let us down.

I expect to see this one go on until the very last minute before next season starts – it’s the bargaining process, isn’t it? Other choices? Yes, there are a few. Del Boy needed to mature... has he played much at top level this year?

Jim Bennings
16 Posted 19/05/2015 at 09:47:44
Christopher,

I loved Deulofeu myself but canÂ’t see it happening, if it didnÂ’t happen as a second loan deal last summer, then itÂ’s definitely not going to this summer.

Christ knows what price a 21-year-old Barcelona product would attract, but I doubt Martinez will pay 㾾-20 million on him, thatÂ’s even assuming Barcelona want to sell yet.

Andy Codling
17 Posted 19/05/2015 at 10:00:12
"We paid more than that for an untried Bilyaletdinov. We charged almost three times that for Lescott. More than that for an unproven, injury prone Rodwell, and God knows what price tag we'd put on Barkley."

Re Barkley, can someone please tell me why he seems to have this huge price tag? As I think heÂ’s one of the most overrated players I've seen...

Jim Bennings
18 Posted 19/05/2015 at 10:10:31
Andy

No idea quite why or how Barkley can justify any astronomical transfer value but if somebody does offer 㿔 or 50 million for him then we have misplaced media hype to thank for it.

Barkley has got talent, donÂ’t get me wrong... but so far heÂ’s done very little in his early career to suggest heÂ’s worth anything crazy.

He has skill and has shown last season if not this he can score great goals but then again so did the likes of James McFadden or Bilyaletdinov (the master of wonder goals) and nobody quoted them at 㿔 million.

Barkley should stay at Everton for the next year at least, next season is big for Barkley wherever he is, he simply has to start living up to this hype because heÂ’s been outperformed by too many midfielders this season across the league.

Jim Bennings
19 Posted 19/05/2015 at 10:18:17
We canÂ’t even keep blaming Barkley being poorly coached.

It might be a small part of it but if you have that much natural ability, it should show more often than not on the pitch.

Look at Rooney at 16 – He didn’t need people telling how to do it, he simply got on the pitch and he did it, he was strong, aggressive, you name it. Same to be said of Gerrard, at 19 and 20 – the fucker was a leader of men and dominated matches on his own.

WhenÂ’s the last time we could honestly say Barkley took the game by the scruff of the neck, put himself about, went up for headers and dominated a match, rained shots in on goal and looked the part??

Charlie Burnett
20 Posted 19/05/2015 at 10:40:38
٧ mil? No way... not a chance in life. Can someone tell me what special about him? Watching against West Kam... okay, he can get past a player but final ball is shocking. There were three times when he tried to drive it low but didnÂ’t pick anybody out, just a blind cross. And to float one in that doesnÂ’t go past the front post.

McGeady, who I think is shocking at the best of times, had a bigger impact against West Ham. Okay, I can say he tracks back and helps out but isnÂ’t our problem in the final 3rd going forward?

Aidy Dews
21 Posted 19/05/2015 at 10:35:18
ThereÂ’s no way heÂ’s worth ٧m! Yes, heÂ’s been at a top 6 club most of his Premier League career, heÂ’s an England international but he hasnÂ’t played for England for years, heÂ’s been deemed not good enough for Spurs and he as a year left on his deal so no way is he worth ٧m!

HeÂ’s a very inconsistent player and although he started out well for us, in the last 3 games heÂ’s shown his inconsistencies with us already. DonÂ’t get me wrong, he works hard but personally I donÂ’t think he offers enough in final third where weÂ’re lacking that class and creativity. HeÂ’s got pace to burn but he struggles to take on and beat FBÂ’s. And when he does beat em his final ball isnÂ’t great.

I just think even spending ٢-5m in fees for him, then a signing on fee, agents fees, wages over 3-4 years it would cost a fortune, and for a player that is 28 going on 29 by end of next season, who really isnÂ’t that good and we can do better, itÂ’s a lot of money to put out there for us imo.

At least if you spend that kind of money all round on a player like Deulofeu, heÂ’s young and talented and in time weÂ’d make more than our money back on him if he progressed like he should. WeÂ’d put a lot out on Lennon and make nothing back and I donÂ’t think heÂ’d improve us enough over his time at us, where as I think someone like Deulofeu would get better and better and improve as a player and improve us as a team as well.

Jim Hourigan
22 Posted 19/05/2015 at 10:58:58
Flatters to deceive, lots of pace but no Â’tricksÂ’ to beat an opponent. Crossing is average at best but I love his enthusiasm and willingness to defend as well as attack. But would I sped more than ٣M - no chance
Geoff Evans
23 Posted 19/05/2015 at 11:00:56
Jim

CanÂ’t remember Barkley ever dominating a game. He doesnÂ’t like the physical side of the game enough to be anywhere near a Rooney or a Reidy for that matter. Time for him to step up, having potential and fulfilling it are very different.

Sam Morrison
24 Posted 19/05/2015 at 11:25:52
Barkley is an enigma. I rarely see him tackle, let alone come anywhere close to the word Â’dominateÂ’. Despite his physique, heÂ’s a creator but as weÂ’ve seen this season, something isnÂ’t quite clicking in that department.

IÂ’ve lost count of the number of times he received the ball, did a little drag-back and passed it back to the same player he got it from. Pointless. ItÂ’s a shame because if he can find the confidence again he does have it in him to be, if not the greatest English player ever, then a very good Premier League midfielder.

Sam Morrison
25 Posted 19/05/2015 at 11:29:03
Oh, and on Lennon, I have to agree that ٧M feels far too much considering age and minimal sell-on value.
Tony J Williams
26 Posted 19/05/2015 at 11:33:04
Unfortunately his fee has no correlation with whatever pittance we have in our transfer pot.

He is an established International and is young enough to command a high (not really) fee, especially when dealing with Levy.

As stated though, I would be surprised if an amount wasnÂ’t agreed beforehand.

Trevor Peers
28 Posted 19/05/2015 at 11:37:57
IsnÂ’t swapping him with Mirallas still an option? Kev just seems to be running his contract down and plays with little enthusiasm. The other option is to sell him – surely heÂ’s worth ٧ million if Lennon is...
Andrew Ellams
29 Posted 19/05/2015 at 11:47:00
٧million just isnÂ’t that big a fee in the grand scheme of things these days. I know it will be a large part of our budget this summer, but thatÂ’s not SpursÂ’ fault.
Kieran Fitzgerald
30 Posted 19/05/2015 at 11:58:18
In MoyesÂ’ time, Lennon would have been available for 5m. How much would a hidden gem, like Jagielka or Lescott were at the time, cost the club to buy in todayÂ’s market?

Prices have gone up due to the sky money but our transfer kitty hasnÂ’t. It will get harder and harder to buy the players we need at a price we can afford. With Chelsea getting another installment of the Lukaku money, 7-9m I think, our kitty will be even smaller than ever.

I think Jim @13 has nailed it. A big name player will be sold this season and I think the club will breathe a huge sigh of relief that big earners like Hibbert, Distain and Alcaraz will leave.

John Pickles
31 Posted 19/05/2015 at 12:40:22
WhatÂ’s he worth?....... Easy, half what Levy asks for him!
Jake Lucas
32 Posted 19/05/2015 at 12:58:29
This feels like the mirror image of the peanut to Tottenham sago a few years back. Parent club asking for too much money for a player who only has 12 months of his contract to go. We should play it how they did, stick our fingers up at a 9M valuation and wait till Jan where we can snap him up for ~2M.

Give Mcgreedy another 6 months to prove himself, if that doesnÂ’t happen let him go in the same window to break even on the deals/possibly make a bit of profit.

Tom Bowers
33 Posted 19/05/2015 at 12:53:54
Lennon certainly injected a little more in EvertonÂ’s offence but I donÂ’t think they should buy him. Might as well keep Mirallas and McGeady if they can steer clear of injury.

Barkley has not lived up to expectations this season but neither has the rest of the team as a whole. Martinez has had 2 seasons and the team is no better off. The prognosis for next season is not good and I suspect like many Martinez may get 10 or 12 games to turn things around but then BK may just be happy with a club that finishes mid-table and makes a profit which after all is what business is about.

LetÂ’s face it, many of the teamÂ’s performances this season were woeful, particularly at Goodison against what we would normally consider Â’lesserÂ’ teams.

Harold Matthews
35 Posted 19/05/2015 at 14:14:13
I like this little fella. His energetic bubbly attitude seemed to have a positive effect on everyone. CanÂ’t put a price on that sort of thing.
Patrick Murphy
36 Posted 19/05/2015 at 14:27:36
Harold - I think that Lennon only had a positive impact because we were at such a low ebb as a team, has he had a more posiitve impact than Landon Donovan for example who was a much better player. Lennon may be worth a punt for ١-5m plus wages but anything more than that IÂ’m pretty sure we could find a younger player who could add more to the squad.
Jim Bennings
37 Posted 19/05/2015 at 15:31:38
Landon Donovan really that "much better a player than Lennon"?

Hmmm... IÂ’m not sure IÂ’d go that far.

I liked Landycakes but was he that much better than Lennon? I don't know.

Andrew Ellams
38 Posted 19/05/2015 at 15:36:19
Jim, I think Donovan just had something a little bit more than Lennon. His delivery into the box was better and he always carried a bit more of a goal threat.
Shane Corcoran
39 Posted 19/05/2015 at 15:40:48
I donÂ’t think a player that hasnÂ’t played for his country in five (?) years can be considered an established international.

Sell-on value has to be part of EvertonÂ’s thinking when paying out ٣m plus in my opinion.

IÂ’d give ٣m with maybe some add-ons for appearances or whatever but not ٧m.

Matt Traynor
40 Posted 19/05/2015 at 15:41:56
Also, Donovan brought us a whole host of new fans from Stateside - many of whom are still with us. Great that the club capitalised on that commercial opportunity.

Oh...

Jim Hardin
41 Posted 19/05/2015 at 16:39:39
Matt,

Landon didnÂ’t bring as many as he might have because Everton didnÂ’t capitalize on it and LA Galaxy werenÂ’t too keen on it either as Landon and Becks and then Keane were their poster boys. Howard has brought more fans to Everton than Landon has but still not nearly as many as an astute marketing plan might have.

Trevor Peers
42 Posted 19/05/2015 at 17:30:50
We canÂ’t start next season with Mirallas or McGeady on the wing, and Osman on the other none of these players has any pace. We need wingers with pace and who can defend, If we donÂ’t sign Lennon weÂ’ll need someone similar.
James Marshall
43 Posted 19/05/2015 at 17:49:27
I think Lennon gives a lot more than pace going forward – he stops attacks, or slows them down massively with his tracking back, and we don’t have another player who does that. He’ll be a big miss next season.
Dave Abrahams
44 Posted 19/05/2015 at 17:55:09
James (#43), I agree with that, he made Everton more positive and I hope he wonÂ’t be a big miss next season.
Dave Winter
46 Posted 19/05/2015 at 18:16:55
IÂ’m in the we must sign him camp. He inspired our team when we all, well most Evertonians were talking about relegation. He gave us drive and pace. He fits like a glove. If Everton canÂ’t afford him for 9 mill or under in todayÂ’s market then we may as well be in Div 1 so we can compete at our level financially.

Remember when the new TV money is added every Premier League club will automatically be in the top 40 richest clubs in the world.

Tom Bowers
47 Posted 19/05/2015 at 18:28:02
Remains to be seen what happens with Lennon. Many players come on loan and play well but then decline when they become permanent.

One has to ask what happened at Spurs? Lennon may be at that age whereby his speed may be in decline and without it he would be very ordinary ala Walcott,Sterling etc. Perhaps at the right price he would be worth signing.

Everton need to clean house and get some much needed cash to upgrade the offence and midfield. They suffered a lot this season because for some reason the potency built on the raiding of Baines and Coleman was somewhat missing and this may have been by design by RM to tighten the defence but it really didnÂ’t help as I thought the defense was all over the place on many occasions.

They have to get Barry out and Besic in for the warm-up games in the Summer so that he can slot right in as a starter next season.

Tony Abrahams
48 Posted 19/05/2015 at 19:59:31
Good shout James, he does a lot of donkey work for the team. I agree with that, but wouldnÂ’t be surprised to see Everton switch to a back 3 next season, so IÂ’m not sure if Lennon will come.
Denis Richardson
49 Posted 19/05/2015 at 19:38:16
Lennon's an interesting one for me. Whilst I admire his pace I would be disappointed if we paid anything remotely near ٧M for him. Around 4-5m is my absolute max given heÂ’s not wanted by spurs and heÂ’s going into the last year of his contract.

Pros

Pace
Seems to be hard working
Not too expensive as last year of contract and not wanted by club
Has already spent half a season with us

Cons:

Obviously tried hard to impress on his loan spell as heÂ’s in the shop window - no guarantee that will be the same next season with a cushy 3- or 4-year contract.

HeÂ’s not 30 yet but if he came would be into his 30s when his contract expires, no/very little sell on value.

Pace is his main asset, heÂ’s 28 so still has a couple of seasons before he loses it. However once his pace has gone he wonÂ’t be of much - i.e. at the end of his contract, if he comes.

People going on about him being an international, he’s only made 2 England appearances is the last 5 years (one in 2012 and one in 2013 – both as sub). Would say he’s a former international. Seems his prime was between 2007-2012 according to his stats.

He doesnÂ’t score many goals (33 in 421 games according to the web). Averages 2-3 goals a season.

He used to get loads of assists for spurs, however thatÂ’s going back a few years (again between 2007-2012). During the 2013-14 season he played 31 games but only managed 1 goal and 3 assists. Maybe gives an indication why spurs are happy for him to go?

Personally IÂ’d prefer us to sign someone younger whoÂ’ll give us more than just a couple of seasons and will have some sell on value and potential to improve. As much as Lennon runs around and provides more defensive cover than say Mirallas, his scoring record is poor and he doesnÂ’t seem to provide many assists any more, going by the last couple of years anyway. HeÂ’s also as good as heÂ’s going to ever get.

I guess I would not be too disappointed if he signed but wouldnÂ’t be gutted if he didnÂ’t either. HeÂ’s an ok buy as long as the price is right, again I think max ٢-5M is fair, otherwise take a punt on someone else. There are loads of players available on a free, surely thereÂ’s a pacey winger amongst them.

Peter Fearon
50 Posted 19/05/2015 at 20:35:32
The biggest disappointment of the season for me was Atsu. What on earth were we thinking? He had no impact whatsoever and he goes home to Chelsea with a seasonÂ’s pay and splinters in his backside. Porto didnÂ’t want him. Chelsea couldnÂ’t use him.

You would imagine pride alone would have made him snatch at the chance of regular first team football but he looked as if he couldnÂ’t stand breathe north of Watford. I hope I never see his face again.

Ernie Baywood
51 Posted 20/05/2015 at 02:50:57
HeÂ’s one of the safer bets going around. You could go and get a pacy winger who is untested at this level and youÂ’d probably still pay more than ٣M. ٤ to ٧M for Lennon would look pretty good to me. 12 months remaining is still probably a third of most player contracts.

I wonder what Del would cost? 㾶M? More? And heÂ’s not exactly proven. (IÂ’d still love him at Goodison though).

Ernie Baywood
52 Posted 20/05/2015 at 05:53:00
Just reading up on DelÂ’s season and he seems to have had a tough time. Just 8 league appearances, a bit of a falling out with the coach, and jeered by the crowd. Has a bit of a reputation though I donÂ’t think we ever saw anything but professionalism (alongside some poor decision making) at Goodison.

A bit unproven with a reputation for attitude - I can see why some would give him a swerve. But he was exciting and IÂ’ve been craving that this year.

Mark Andersson
53 Posted 20/05/2015 at 05:33:16
Why do people still go on about Deulofeu? Martinez lied to us when he said European clubs are looking to loan us their top potential players. We had half a season out of Deulofeu and he ran faster back to Spain than he did on the wing.

Lots of good posts and views with the majority saying a fee of ٢-5 million would be fair. This is Everton so anything can happen, and itÂ’s usually on the last day.

Big season ahead for Roberto.

Victor Yu
54 Posted 20/05/2015 at 06:59:54
I believe Delboy would have stayed for another season on loan if he wanted to. I think he wants to play in Spain so I donÂ’t think he would come to us again. We need to move on.
Eugene Ruane
55 Posted 20/05/2015 at 07:08:39
ShouldnÂ’t there be some sort of thank you for Lennon?

I know he canÂ’t play against Spurs, but maybe he could come on at half time and we could all theatrically weep and throw rose-petals in front of him as he walks around the pitch.

Come on Everton, I thought we had more class!

Matt Traynor
56 Posted 20/05/2015 at 08:04:07
Eugene #55, youÂ’ve hit the nail on the head. Although I also think it goes deeper than that. Clearly that spineless catalan clown is hiding behind the rules of the Premier League in not allowing him to have his farewell appearance.

IÂ’m starting a petition at change.org etc. etc.

Joe Foster
57 Posted 20/05/2015 at 08:26:20
I would prefer it if we put a statue up of him outside the ground.
Tony Draper
58 Posted 20/05/2015 at 09:06:25
Denis (#49) articulates much of my thinking, and lays it out really well.

For me signing Lennon wouldnÂ’t be wrong at the correct price and pay level, but wouldnÂ’t be exciting either.

My genuine fear with Lennon is that the one we might sign wouldnÂ’t be the one we had on loan, because he wouldnÂ’t be so keen to impress every week.

And much of the same applies to Deulofeu for me, albeit heÂ’s a younger player with more potential. Though the hints of the "princess" attitude could just sway me away from making further enquiries.

Jim Lloyd
59 Posted 20/05/2015 at 08:50:00
Aaron Lennon has shown he is a trier and has certainly helped Seamus come back towards the form he hit last season. But I hope we donÂ’t spend anything like the alleged asking price. He is out of contract in 12 months or less, so I hope that we just wait, or offer at the most, around ١ million.

Levy is stuck with a number of high priced, high wage players that the manager doesnÂ’t want and I think weÂ’d be daft to give Spurs ٧ million towards their war chest for a player who they donÂ’t value enough to have in their team.

When he doesnÂ’t trip over it, McGeady can send over a pretty decent cross and he can also score some real beaut goals. So IÂ’d start the season with him and watch how the situation develops at Spurs. Each month that goes by in the next season will see Levy get more desperate to sell. By Christmas/New Year, he would only get ٠ mill if he was lucky. ItÂ’s a gamble but I think, in this instance the odds are on our side.If someone else comes in and offers ٧ mill, IÂ’d be extremely surprised but, well, thatÂ’s how it goes.

If Lennon ends up somewhere else, IÂ’d be a bit disappointed but thatÂ’s about it.IÂ’d much rather we kept that amount of funds to put towards the best schemer we can afford.

If we donÂ’t get a player who can get hold of that midfield and drive us forward, as well as pick out a killing pass, or take a shot at goal from outside the box, then weÂ’re going to continually start stuttering as we are now, when we come up against a defence in depth.

I hoped that Ross Barkley would develop into that player, and he may well do so, but I think he has a long way to go yet.

WeÂ’ve paid nearly 㿊 million for a goal scorer but we arenÂ’t playing to his strengths. I would see him being much more effective if we have a player who can pick out the passes that allow him to run at the opposition, rather than him waiting for a pass when heÂ’s surrounde, which is happening too often currently.

I hope we plough most of our available funds (which are ample, allegedly) on the best player of that type that we can afford.

We only have Ossie who comes anywhere near that role, and though heÂ’s been a good player for the club, he needs replacing.

I hope we get the very best that we can afford to become the "beating heart" of the team; and I wouldnÂ’t mind us spending every penny of our funds this season on him...if we can find one!

Laurie Hartley
60 Posted 20/05/2015 at 09:46:02
I like The way Lennon is always looking to get forward quickly as soon as he gets possession. He links up well with Coleman, tracks back and doesnÂ’t seem to be injury prone. ٧ million seems to be a bit over the top but at ٤ million he would be good value.

I can’t buy into the theory that he will stop trying if he gets a permanent deal – he doesn’t strike me as that sort of player.

Also he would be competing for the right wing spot with McGeady. That would make sense to me – two very different options for the same position.

Murdo Laing
61 Posted 20/05/2015 at 09:45:55
Harold (#35) – AL "bubbly attitude"? He looked about as bubbly as a depressive who had just lost a bet in those photos at Finch Farm after he signed for us?!

Seriously though, I think he surprised many of us just how quickly he got match fit after so long out of the picture at Spurs, and his battling back was an unexpected bonus wasnÂ’t it, and helped Seamus a lot in those remaining games?

I expect the usual Daniel Levy hardball tactics over the Lennon fee but with the uplift from the Sky money, and the loss of some big wage earners off the bill, ٤ million would, in my view, be a reasonable fee. I also think there is potential to use Lennon centrally when the occasion demands, playing off Lukaku, perhaps alternating with the likes of Mirallas and Barkley? He scares the shit out of defenders with his pace and he has a pass and a finish in him. Sign him up.

Andy Meighan
62 Posted 20/05/2015 at 11:31:01
YouÂ’ve got to say he was instrumental in us pulling away from danger but ٧ million. No way is he worth that much. He puts a shift in etc... but the final ball leaves a lot to be desired.
Nicholas Ryan
63 Posted 20/05/2015 at 13:26:05
61... I agree ٤m is the Â’correctÂ’ fee, as there will be other clubs interested.

When you have a small transfer pot, you cannot afford to make mistakes. OK, Lennon is not super-exciting... but you know exactly what youÂ’re getting; thereÂ’ll never be any lack of effort; and Jesus, is he quick!!

The [uplifting] effect he had on the players around him, should not be underestimated either.

Andrew Ellams
64 Posted 20/05/2015 at 13:54:20
So if Everton offer ٤million but Stoke offer ٧million where does Aaron go?
Barry Jones
65 Posted 20/05/2015 at 17:09:14
The good thing about these kind of transfers is that the player normally has a big say. He only has one year left at his contract at Spurs so if he sits tight there then Spurs will get sod all and he will leave on a free.

If Lennon is adamant that Everton is his destination and he has no intention of listening to other offers, then Spurs may be inclined to sell him at a lower valuation, just to get something for him. Also, we would need our camp to be a bit tougher than they were in the Lukaku negotiations, where they just threw money at Chelsea.

I think that 5M pounds would be a good deal for everyone and I feel he definitely brings something that we need.

Eddie Dunn
67 Posted 20/05/2015 at 18:24:48
One thing in Lennon’s favour is that defensively we have looked a lot better since his arrival.
He has given Seamus some cover, and Seamus, in turn has improved his own form because of it.

Lennon has to be a decent addition to the squad, so for 4-7 million, I would buy him.
People say his form might drop-off once he’s signed, but I would suggest, that, at his age 28, he would hope to win something, or even force his way back into the England scene.

When we have had McGeady on one wing and Kev on the other, we have often been overrun in midfield, and the only game it has happened since Lennon arrived, was at Villa.

Geoff Evans
68 Posted 20/05/2015 at 23:21:08
Pace is always good. Lennon has it. Worth a punt at ٣M.

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