The 28-year-old winger was the subject of a late, deadline-beating deal when he joined the Blues in a Ł4.5m transfer yesterday that was sealed just minutes before the summer transfer window closed.
It's the second time this year that the Yorkshire-born player has arrived at Finch Farm on transfer deadline day – Roberto Martinez originally snapped Lennon up on loan at the end of the winter window in February but a return to the Blues was always on the cards, provided Tottenham Hotspur lowered their asking price.
Frozen out of Mauricio Pochettino's plans – Lennon wasn't even assigned a squad number by Spurs this season – it was only a matter of time before he left White Hart Lane and, just like seven months ago, when he turned down the chance to join Stoke in favour of Goodison Park, there was only one place he wanted to go.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling [to be back]," a beaming Lennon told evertonfc.com. "A lot of people know it’s the move I wanted and from the first time I got here, it felt like home.
“I was just hoping it got done throughout the summer, I was just waiting, waiting. Yesterday was a great moment for me to finally become a full time Everton player."
Lennon admits that everything about Everton feels right for him and has done from the beginning. Martinez's decision to bring the England international in last season gave him a new lease on life after he'd seen his prospects of first-team action disappear at Tottenham.
“The loan spell was great for me," Lennon continued. "I enjoyed the whole feel of everything and the reception from everyone to do with the club. I felt so welcomed and I was just hoping throughout the whole summer that this one got done –- and thankfully it did.
“You have that feeling and it was just so comfortable. I knew from very early on that this was the place for me and I was so happy for the deal to get done.”
With his previous number 25 taken by another new signing, Ramiro Funes Mori and Aiden McGeady in possession of the number 7 he wore ag Spurs, Lennon has selected to wear 12 on his jersey this season.
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1 Posted 02/09/2015 at 19:15:49
2 Posted 02/09/2015 at 19:22:15
A good addition... and several steps up from McGeady.
3 Posted 02/09/2015 at 19:29:13
4 Posted 02/09/2015 at 19:32:07
5 Posted 02/09/2015 at 19:34:12
6 Posted 02/09/2015 at 19:39:43
7 Posted 02/09/2015 at 19:40:18
8 Posted 02/09/2015 at 19:42:19
Is it just me?
9 Posted 02/09/2015 at 19:46:17
10 Posted 02/09/2015 at 19:52:25
First of all, the Spurs fans think without exception he's past it and his best days are far behind him. Secondly, Lennon apparently turned up for training one day half bladdered and that's why Pochettino had no time for him and didn't want to give him a squad number.
Personally I think he's going to continue to show he is no way past it as he's proved already. Maybe he didn't want to play for Not So Hotspur anymore.
11 Posted 02/09/2015 at 19:54:58
It did happen for him at Spurs. He was first choice for 4 or 5 years, but his form dipped 3 seasons ago, and Pochettino has booted him out of the first team squad, making him train with the youth players.
Barry, he doesn't look after himself, drinks, smokes cigars and causes trouble in nightclubs. This will be his last PL contract. I expect him to play okay for the first 4 to 6 games, then be a major disappointment.
12 Posted 02/09/2015 at 19:59:34
13 Posted 02/09/2015 at 20:01:16
Still thought Charlie Austin would have been a great signing.
14 Posted 02/09/2015 at 20:02:03
We are growing stronger every season despite the elusive "No 10" Do we have a homegrown one? The youth has impressed pre-season and in the first few games, maybe there is someone undiscovered. (I resisted the impulse to italicize that in case I left myself open to "flack"... oooops!)
Let's hope we shaft Jose on Saturday COYB !
15 Posted 02/09/2015 at 20:05:06
His energy, enthusiasm, workrate and speed will help us considerably as it did last year.
All the sour grapes posters should explain what he did wrong when he was here on loan which is the only time we can judge how good he is going to be for Everton.
I am more concerned about Lukaku and the lack of options together with a total lack of goals from MF.
Tie that in to Roberto's tactics and you have a recipe for disaster.
16 Posted 02/09/2015 at 20:05:14
If it had been left to some around here we would never have signed Peter Reid. Too old, too injured, not glamorous enough. Yet he turned out to be one of the best midfield players we ever had.
Did Fellaini really make us any better? Is Lukaku the best striker we've ever had because he's certainly the most expensive. Almost all of the better signing we've had in the last twenty years have been relatively cheap. Arteta, Pienaar, Cahill, Baines, Martyn, Lescott and now Stones were not marquee signings yet they improved the team far more than any costly signings we managed to make.
I would sooner have practical, experienced signings than expensive luxury players any day.
17 Posted 02/09/2015 at 20:11:32
Don't turn up on Saturday, it's the week after.
18 Posted 02/09/2015 at 20:15:37
19 Posted 02/09/2015 at 20:16:17
Marquee signings never seem to quite do it for us. Beattie, anyone ....??
Welcome back, Aaron, good to have you in the squad.
20 Posted 02/09/2015 at 20:17:16
21 Posted 02/09/2015 at 20:20:09
23 Posted 02/09/2015 at 20:37:28
24 Posted 02/09/2015 at 20:41:56
25 Posted 02/09/2015 at 20:49:59
26 Posted 02/09/2015 at 20:52:08
27 Posted 02/09/2015 at 20:55:33
28 Posted 02/09/2015 at 21:00:28
He is only still young in terms of reaching his peak, let's hope he does the bizz...
Come on Len Non......
29 Posted 02/09/2015 at 21:08:13
30 Posted 02/09/2015 at 21:10:55
I'm seeing a trend with Roberto which worries me a bit. In days gone by it used to be the best 11 plus a couple of utility 'play anywhere' guys on the bench. Nowadays it's the squad game with more in-depth analysis of playing to neutralize the opposition.
Unless you subscribe to the Sin Miedo philosphy which served us well in 2013-14, but was abandoned in 2014-15 in favour of praising the opposition before the game.
Whichever way you look at it, the times have changed and life isn't simple anymore, but we do have the best squad I can remember and some young guns to make the breakthrough this season; Galloway and Dowell look likely but Ledson has gone into hibernation...
32 Posted 02/09/2015 at 21:15:06
I say we all chip in on a good box of stogies for Pienaar and a decent bottle of Scotch for McGeady.
33 Posted 02/09/2015 at 21:23:13
34 Posted 02/09/2015 at 21:25:46
35 Posted 02/09/2015 at 21:28:53
36 Posted 02/09/2015 at 21:35:33
37 Posted 02/09/2015 at 21:36:43
It used to be a case of having a couple of good players and a lot of average/poor players.
Looking at the current squad, we have 3 exceptional defenders, 1 exceptional DM, 1 potentially world class playmaker, 1 exceptional winger, 1 potentially exceptional winger, 1 arguably bordering on world class striker. And the other players are good. My opinion, but beats the days of Rideout, Barlow and Parkinson. I think during the 90s, you could count the great players on one hand with a couple of fingers missing.
Signing Lennon would have been our marque player only ten years ago. I think it's good that we have ambitions for "better" players, however we cannot forget where we've been. I only started supporting Everton in 1990, so have no knowledge of the glory years, so seeing the current squad is exciting.
38 Posted 02/09/2015 at 21:37:42
39 Posted 02/09/2015 at 21:43:38
40 Posted 02/09/2015 at 21:44:16
As for going into work half cut, I'm sure many of us here have been guilty of that at least once in our careers. We all do stupid stuff from time to time. I just hope he doesn't team up with Gibson as a drinking buddy!
I have seen comments from Spurs fans reminiscing about the Lennon-Van Der Vart-Bale trio, so they're not all haters. Sometimes in life things get stale and we need a new challenge to kick start us. Last season we gave that opportunity to Aaron and he in turn helped kick start a spluttering Everton. Now he's back and he seems genuinely pleased to be here. I don't expect him to set the Premier League on fire but I do think he will be a very valuable member of our squad and will make the £4.5m seem like very good business.
Best of luck to him!
41 Posted 02/09/2015 at 21:49:49
This team is the best we've had in years, starting 11 and bench look very strong, just afraid that if some of our core players get injured we'll get well stretched. Fingers crossed.
42 Posted 02/09/2015 at 21:59:02
44 Posted 02/09/2015 at 22:32:12
We'd need to buy McGeady a fucking distillery before he becomes a footballer.
45 Posted 02/09/2015 at 22:39:39
Frank @16 excellent reference to Reidy, and you cpuld also for the benefit of the "Low Price = No Value" types, I'm sure that you could also could have added:
Andy Gray, probably crocked has been, 𧶲k.
Trevor Steven, unproven Burnley 19-year-old prospect 𧷤k.
Kevin Sheedy, out of favour Liverpool reserve team, 3 first team appearances, 𧴜k.
Alan Harper, Liverpool reserves, no first team appearances, 𧴜k.
Neville Southall, ex binman at Bury 𧵎k.
Just to put that bunch into context, they cost 𨀼k, Gary Lineker (the leading goalscorer in the country) in the same era cost Everton 𧿘k.
Since they didn't 'cost much then clearly it's no surprise that none of that lot ever amounted to anything, is it?
46 Posted 02/09/2015 at 22:47:38
47 Posted 02/09/2015 at 23:16:39
I hope he can steer clear of injuries as it is amazing how new players coming to Everton just start to make an impression then get seriously injured such as Oviedo, Deulofeu and now Cleverley, to name just 3 in the last 2 seasons.
48 Posted 02/09/2015 at 23:36:20
He did get in a bit of a fracas in a club and was pictured with a cigar.
And who the hell cares! Is a cigar once every 12 months going to affect a player? If anything, I hope he waltzes past Ivanovic with one in his mouth next week.
He's a good player to have back, even if I thought another right winger wasn't essential. I just hope we get to see plenty of Deulofeu and Mirallas.
49 Posted 02/09/2015 at 23:51:51
Full marks sir, I couldn't put it better, we live in hope, WELCOME BACK!
50 Posted 02/09/2015 at 23:57:16
51 Posted 03/09/2015 at 00:20:50
As much as I think Martinez is tactically inept at times, as a Manager, players he's worked with over the years are always quite keen to reunite. A players perspective on the Manger's ability must impact their decision when agreeing to a transfer. On the flip side to that, 75% of all first team/squad player transfers conducted by Roberto at Everton are footballers he's already managed at some point.
Aaron Lennon - Everton (Loan)
Ramiro Funes Mori - No
Tom Cleverly - Wigan
Gerrard Deulofeu - Everton (Loan)
Samuel Eto'o - No
Romelu Lukaku - Everton (Loan)
Gareth's Barry - Everton (Loan)
Aiden McGeady - No
James McCarthy - Wigan
Joel Robles - Wigan
Antolin Alcaraz - Wigan
Arouna Kone - Wigan
52 Posted 03/09/2015 at 02:10:41
His presence will however, allow Coleman to blast forward which cannot hurt the team's chances. For the price an okay pick-up. Plus, he wants to be here. How bad can that really be?
If he exceeds my expectations I'll send him some cigars myself.
53 Posted 03/09/2015 at 02:19:49
Tony-42....well put. Money doesn't always buy you success. And great players can be found on the cheap.
Jack-46....this is what I have been thinking, these players want to play for the manager. They want to play for Everton, I think that should say enough on a players ambition. They want to play for us, and they know what we are like.
I would rather have a player like Lennon who is proven, wants to play for Everton, and is happy to be here. Than some of the players from the past who just showed up for a pay check. But I cant blame them since Everton were willing to pay them. So welcome home Aaron.(Once Everton has touched you)
54 Posted 03/09/2015 at 02:41:53
As for Lennon himself, welcome back, works tirelessly, links up well with Coleman. Not a bad player but where does this leave Deulofeu? I'm assuming he will be subbed on, Lennon off I should imagine.
56 Posted 03/09/2015 at 09:47:45
Timothy, do you take any notice of the crap that appears on some blogs or Twitter? Blimey, mate, I think I'd look elsewhere for my info. Any "fact" that begins with "apparently" and then goes on to slag some player off is usually made up, reconstituted rubbish from some wannabe journo who seeks to elevate his status amongst his followers to that of a guy who is REALLY in the know.
Personally I'm glad Lennon has returned. He is energetic, talented and gives Coleman plenty of cover so that he can express his attacking play. And he wants to be here.
Joe Ainsworth @46
57 Posted 03/09/2015 at 09:49:53
58 Posted 03/09/2015 at 10:20:28
59 Posted 03/09/2015 at 11:04:36
Regardless of the couple of half-decent showings last season, this is a poor buy and a backwards step. Instead of off-loading wasters like Darren Gibson, we are adding another no-mark. I just don't get the reasoning behind this signing?
60 Posted 03/09/2015 at 12:18:33
Every single comment says the same thing, that Levy should have gotten rid of Lamela (who we were reportedly after) and should not have sold Lennon.
The overwhelming majority of comments were thanking Lennon and wishing him well at EFC. All saying what a tremendous player he has been for them over the past 10 years.
61 Posted 03/09/2015 at 13:42:03
62 Posted 03/09/2015 at 14:13:34
As for his alleged indiscretions (smoking, drinking, clubbing etc), I seem to recall a certain Duncan Ferguson, who came to us with a real 'bad guy' image and is now a living Everton legend.
So far we have managed to avoid major scandals; players like Albert Dunlop and Tony Kay were a couple of exceptions, as is the recent conviction of Darren Gibson, so Lennon's so-called bad habits bear no comparison.
Steve Schofield, you can get all the 'Glory Days' on DVD, take a look.
ps: The Greatest Everton and England player in history drank like a fish and smoked like a chimney; his name?? William Ralph Dean.
64 Posted 03/09/2015 at 16:35:40
Tony, although I disagree with your comments re Lennon, you're bang on the money about getting shut of dead wood. Gibson, for me, has pissed on his chips and should never wear our shirt again. This is the opportunity to off load him at no cost. I'm pretty sure that his recent drink driving stuff would allow us to cancel his contract. On his day he can be superb, but that's only once or twice a season when he's fit.
Smoking, anyone else remember the great Roy Vernon dropping his ciggie butt as he ran onto the pitch?
65 Posted 03/09/2015 at 16:40:09
He came in during a period where our performances were simply horrendous and the morale among fans and squad was as low as ever.
Anyone could have come in during that period in time and looked good. Remember when Baines said it took Lennon's arrival for the players to 'embarrass us into working harder'? That's how bad it was last season.
His crossing is poor, his best days are far behind him, he doesn't provide anything we don't already have, what's the point in signing yet another right winger when Martinez doesn't use any or if we're lucky, uses one?
Look at Mirallas and Deulofeu barely getting any game time as it is, and people reacted like we'd signed Messi when Deulofeu signed, now it looks like he'll get even less opportunities.
We don't need him, it's a signing that smacks of desperation, and sums up Martinez's lack of imagination or nous in the transfer market.
Another safe, predictable and disappointing signing, leaving our squad even more unbalanced.
What's the point in paying £4.5m for a player with almost no re sale value, someone we don't need, that doesn't provide any extra dimension, or doesn't even suit the 'Wingerless' system our manager uses?
Desperation. A desperate panic buy.
66 Posted 03/09/2015 at 18:25:48
Welcome back, mate.
67 Posted 03/09/2015 at 19:16:25
Will this also give Mirallas the chance to partner his fellow Belgian?
Let us hope RM is brave enough to experiment, because good times may be ahead.
68 Posted 03/09/2015 at 19:47:35
69 Posted 03/09/2015 at 19:51:18
I never said it was a FACT, nor do I use Twitter or Facebook for that matter. Their loss is our gain. Whether he turned up to train drunk or not, I can't prove one way or the other, obviously; it came from a Spurs fans forum similar to here, hence the use of the word 'apparently'. You clearly skimmed over my post quickly.
Timothy Blanshard @ 10 wrote:
Personally I think he's going to continue to show HE IS NO WAY PAST IT as he's proved already. Maybe he didn't want to play for Not So Hotspur anymore.
70 Posted 03/09/2015 at 21:40:02
Welcome back Aaron good luck mate.
71 Posted 03/09/2015 at 22:55:25
Timothy, I wasn't having a pop at you, my comments were jokingly having a pop at Twitter and the like. Incidentally , I don't use Twitter, Facebook or any other medium to let people know what I had for breakfast or when I last went for a slash.
72 Posted 05/09/2015 at 00:51:49
Ray #58. He owes us and he has the ability to repay. His behaviour has been appalling but I believe it could be a defining moment for him.
73 Posted 06/09/2015 at 17:35:24
74 Posted 06/09/2015 at 17:43:19
I also remember my friend and I, as schoolboys, ringing him up to congratulate him on the win the previous Saturday! His number was in the phone book... we also rang Gordon West! His number was in as well!
This ages us, but wasn't it a different world!
75 Posted 06/09/2015 at 18:09:07
What will be annoying is if any of them arrive injured or, for whatever reason, are never seen in action. Roberto has form in that direction so I trust he will have done his homework this time round!
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