The 28-yearold was Everton's last signing of the summer window, wrapping up a medical and signing paperwork at the eleventh hour to seal his return to Goodison Park, but it was a deal that went right to the wire.
In quotes published by The Independent, Lennon describes how he was frozen out at Tottenham after Mauricio Pochettino made it clear he was not part of his plans moving forward and that he was left hoping that the Blues would follow up their interest in him before the deadline passed.
The former Leeds United winger spent a successful loan spell at Everton earlier this year and did enough to convince both Roberto Martinez and Toffees fans that he could be a valuable member of the squad over the long term.
Many felt that, given his situation at White Hart Lane, a move to Merseyside this summer was almost a foregone conclusion but Everton's acquisition of Gerard Deulofeu, a younger, arguably more creative player, had significantly reduced the likelihood that Martinez would sign Lennon as well.
Lennon says that he had no assurances from Goodison Park that Martinez still wanted to sign him even as late as the morning of 1st September.
“The window was open and Spurs had made it clear I was up for sale," he says. "The only thing I could do was get myself as fit as possible and hope the move happened."
“Maybe I would have handled things a lot differently if I were younger but I knew that if I didn’t train the only person it wouldn’t help was me. Towards the end of the window, I was thinking: ‘what if this doesn’t go through?’ I woke up on deadline day and had a weird feeling in my stomach.
“I was just waiting by the phone, hoping to get the call to say it was all agreed. It was late afternoon when I got it and I had to get my medical done in London. I signed the forms and it went to the wire.”
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1 Posted 12/09/2015 at 03:29:39
Moreover it's refreshing to sign a player who wants to be here rather than another big time Charlie who describes us as a stepping stone. So all in all, I'm glad we signed the lad. He could be like another Limpar e.g. Someone written off in London who proves a point at Goodison. Good luck sonny Jim.
2 Posted 12/09/2015 at 06:53:26
3 Posted 12/09/2015 at 07:35:21
I wasn't sure about the initial loan deal as I thought Lennon would come and sit around uninterested. That said he was quite the opposite, he's still as fast as ever and looked as dangerous as he's ever looked at any stage throughout his career. If he continues in that way he will definitely become a extremely valuable member of an already talented squad.
Hopefully he doesn't stifle the promise of Del Boy or Ross, but I suppose that is up to themselves. Same situation with Kevin Mirallas, I'd hate to think the signing of Lennon is the beginning of the end for him, hopefully it will not be. It may even force the best out of Mirallas.
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