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Watford eye loan deal for Everton's Lennon

| Wednesday, 02 August 2017  53 Comments  [Jump to last]
Aaron Lennon has emerged as a transfer target of new Watford boss, Marco Silva.

The Liverpool Echo report that Silva is interested in taking the 30-year-old on loan for the season to make use of his experience but Everton are thought to want to strike a permanent deal rather than a loan.

Lennon, a £4.5m signing from Tottenham two years ago, played only a bit part in the Blues' 2016-17 season before being treated towards the end of the campaign for mental illness.

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Kim Vivian
1 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:16:52
Eh ........?
Gordon White
2 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:17:49
Works really hard. Plenty of pace. Would rather we kept him. We need a bigger squad.
Will Mabon
3 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:29:52
I agree, Gordon. He's not exactly deadwood by any stretch and could certainly have a part to play. He usually puts in more effort than most.

Do we really need the fee we'd get for him?

David Barks
4 Posted 02/08/2017 at 17:59:27
He is nowhere near the quality of player that should see the pitch for Everton going forward. Can we please move on from this level of footballer?
Colin Grierson
5 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:05:51
If he's not going to get game time here then good luck to him.
Brian Porter
6 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:18:37
I agree with those who want to keep him. Really think he still has a part to play for us. His commitment and work rate are second to none. Scored a great goal in pre season game the other week.
Ray Robinson
7 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:23:57
Would love to keep him but it may be in his best interests, given the problems he has experienced recently, to leave and play regularly. Sitting on the bench, as he mostly would here, may not be what he needs in his current situation. I wish him all the best whatever the outcome.
James Morgan
8 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:25:03
I think we have to go with what the player feels is best for him. He would be a useful squad player but playing regularly for Watford would surely appeal to him. We need a winger either way. Good luck whatever he chooses.
Neil Thomas
9 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:36:59
Why sell him when we are struggling with right-back cover? If I remember rightly, Spurs bought him as a right-back and switched him to a winger, as they did with Bale.
Tony Abrahams
10 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:48:45
He was a winger Neil, but I think he concentrated too much on his defensive duties, which affected the attacking side of his game?

4-4-2 ruined many a good winger! I like Lennon, and think it might be better if he plays regular football, so for that reason, I hope he goes.

James Stewart
11 Posted 02/08/2017 at 18:58:08
I think he needs regular football to stay focused so I can totally understand a move. Wish him all the best.
Mike Gaynes
12 Posted 02/08/2017 at 19:09:35
I think selling would be a mistake. I want him with us. Love watching him play.

But if it's best for him, all I can do is understand and wish him the best.

Jamie Morgan
13 Posted 02/08/2017 at 19:14:54
Have to agree with lots said above. I welcomed the player when he joined us as a hardworking pro who wanted to play for Everton and gave his all. I was delighted to see him back for pre-season.

I think there needs to be a personal conversation between manager and player. I presume he will be used as an important but not first choice member of the squad and ask him what he feels he needs. Regular football or familiar surroundings. What Aaron needs should be priority!

Colin Glassar
14 Posted 02/08/2017 at 19:24:19
Why loan him? He's not going to get any better is he? Just sell him.
Neil Thomas
15 Posted 02/08/2017 at 19:30:23
Tony, look it up – he was a right-backthey bought from Leeds. And even started his Spurs career playing there.
Roman Lizuch
16 Posted 02/08/2017 at 19:39:13
I would like him to stay at Everton. Hard working "veteran" with such a pace is very handy.
Craig Fletcher
17 Posted 02/08/2017 at 19:58:12
I would rather we kept him. He has something we have a lack of in the squad – pace.
Ian Bennett
18 Posted 02/08/2017 at 20:03:52
If we let him go, I hope it's because we have someone with real pace, threat and end product to come in.
Clive Mitchell
19 Posted 02/08/2017 at 20:04:37
'Just sell him."

Or give him away on a free.

Liam Reilly
20 Posted 02/08/2017 at 20:25:46
There's got to be a place in the squad for a hardworking player such as Lennon, but as said above he would get a lot more time on the field at Watford, so I guess it'd be a good move for the lad.
Rick Pattinson
21 Posted 02/08/2017 at 20:44:18
Keep him. Handy player to have.
Dave Abrahams
22 Posted 02/08/2017 at 21:06:28
Neil (#14), sorry to but in. I looked up Aaron Lennon as you suggested and there is no mention of Aaron being a full back.

He became the youngest player to play in the Premier League when he made his debut for Leeds aged 16 as a winger, no mention of him playing at full back before that and made his debut as a winger for Spurs as a winger.

I hope Aaron stays with Everton as I think he is a very good player and no doubt he could play as a wing back but don't think he has ever been picked in that position.

Tony Abrahams
23 Posted 02/08/2017 at 21:15:23
Spurs signed him as a right back,Neil? I remember him playing on the wing for both England and Leeds, so that surprises me.

Spurs fans loved him because of his fantastic work-rate, but a lot of them felt that he had put too much effort into doing his defensive duties, and this had taken away a bit too much of his attacking game.

Jon Withey
24 Posted 02/08/2017 at 21:20:11
Stop getting rid of our wingers!
John Audsley
25 Posted 02/08/2017 at 22:53:26
He's always been a winger, didn't live too far away from me for a time in Leeds.

Top bloke, good player and superb work ethic.

I hope he stays and plays.

Robin Cannon
26 Posted 03/08/2017 at 01:02:03
Very average player who works hard.

Might benefit from a move and regular games. Don't see much point in us loaning him out, but would be happy with a permanent deal.

Paul Ferry
27 Posted 03/08/2017 at 02:40:52
The lack of width in our team is now becoming a major issue. I can't wait to see Leighton bombing up the left. It is a major issue that was all too apparent. We need a bigger squad than last season.

Just been watching Everton v Coventry 26 November 1977. Remember 6-0. Watch Dave Thomas.

Alan J Thompson
28 Posted 03/08/2017 at 05:30:45
Don't see the point in a season-long loan for a 30-year-old player. Either a free, for the player's benefit, or a nominal fee.
Anthony Hughes
29 Posted 03/08/2017 at 09:24:13
Let him go by all means but we're already short of width and pace so it will be imperative that we bring a couple of quick, natural wide players in if he leaves.
Simon Jones
30 Posted 03/08/2017 at 14:32:34
He has been a victim of not really suiting our style of play. I like him, I think he has a lot to offer and is nothing like as bad as a lot of posters seem to think, but I think he'll remain a bit part player with us. One of those players who could look fantastic in a different team.
Daniel Lawrence
31 Posted 03/08/2017 at 14:49:36
I imagine Watford want to ascertain his mental state in light of his very public problems. It could be structured somewhat like the Cleverley deal or probably more relevantly the Barry deal, where we effectively loaned him until he was a free agent and with a pre-agreed fee to be paid if made permanent.
Clive Rogers
32 Posted 03/08/2017 at 15:44:53
He is into the London social scene big time, even traveling back there after Saturday games, so I think a move to Watford would be just up his street.
David Booth
33 Posted 03/08/2017 at 16:11:16
Not good enough for Everton – and all this talk about him working hard and being a good defender... what???

Another Martinez makeweight that needs to be moved on.

Good luck to him at Watford, hopefully permanently.

Mike Gwyer
34 Posted 03/08/2017 at 16:34:51

Loan?? How?

The boy only has 10 months left on his contract.

Anthony Hughes
35 Posted 03/08/2017 at 17:36:31
Lukaku, Cleverley, Deulofeu, Valencia, probably Barkley, possibly Lennon gone. Galloway, Browning, Pennington and Dowell out on loan. Coleman, Funes Mori and Bolasie out for the duration. Niasse not wanted. Williams, Jags and Barry creaking at the hinges. Looks like we've still got serious money to spend if we're going to fight on four fronts.
Victor Jones
36 Posted 03/08/2017 at 17:51:10
I want Lennon to stay. He could maybe run a team ragged coming off the bench for the last 15 minutes , when everyone is tiring. Or maybe not. But we need a big squad. Surely he can do a job from the bench.

I don’t understand letting him go. But there again I don't understand most of Koemans decisions. Or is Lennon going a sign that more players are coming in???

Clive Rogers
37 Posted 03/08/2017 at 18:07:08
David (#33), very true. There is a big difference between tracking back to help Coleman and being a right-back. He's not big enough to defend balls to the far post for a start.

Going forward he was disappointing last season. Very little end product, very few crosses into the box. As you say, not good enough. Certainly not good enough for Koeman.

James Newcombe
38 Posted 03/08/2017 at 18:46:13
I'd keep him; we are sorely lacking pace as it is.
Anthony Dwyer
39 Posted 03/08/2017 at 23:16:01
Agreed James.
Terry Underwood
40 Posted 04/08/2017 at 10:49:08
He gives us width and pace off the bench, add the odd goal or two and you have a decent squad player worth keeping. With, hopefully, a lengthy Europa League run and a decent cup run, we will need a bigger squad.
Dave Abrahams
41 Posted 04/08/2017 at 20:38:26
Keep Lennon and move Mirallis on, we'd a decent price for him, he's had four or five years to prove himself at Everton and still can't produce consistant performances.
Anto Byrne
42 Posted 05/08/2017 at 23:25:04
Good defensive pacy winger that can put in a cross. Unfortunately he has Lookman who is no doubt a much better prospect. Then Bolasie to come back and even Coleman. Then we have Mirallas. The opportunities to play get less as you look at the squad.

Do we have any other prospects in the U23 squad? Watford would be my choice, I want to play football, but then maybe it's just the money?

Jonathan Miller
43 Posted 10/08/2017 at 10:02:08
Lennon unfortunately has problems and ability; it seems the backroom staff have had enough of dealing with theformer and the failure of the latter.
Dermot Byrne
44 Posted 10/08/2017 at 11:06:18
You know for sure he hasn't recovered, Jonathan, and the views of staff? I just think the comments on this guy should have some sensitivity.
Brian Williams
45 Posted 10/08/2017 at 11:34:41
Shite that, Johnathan.
Nigel Munford
46 Posted 13/08/2017 at 21:32:01
Agree, Brian & Dermot; out of order that comment, Jonathan, subtle as a brick.
Chris Leyland
47 Posted 13/08/2017 at 21:56:51
Mental illness is still treated as if it isn't a 'proper' illness but it is. When someone has depression or other mental health issues, some people have the attitude that they need to 'pull themselves together' But no one says this about cancer or heart conditions. I for one wish Aaron nothing but good luck going forward and hope that he makes a full recovery.
Nigel Munford
48 Posted 13/08/2017 at 23:46:05
Echo your thoughts, Chris.
Steve Cotton
49 Posted 14/08/2017 at 06:51:09
Can't we please update the rumours page? This Lennon one has been main one for last 3 weeks... I need fresh stuff.
Guy Hastings
50 Posted 14/08/2017 at 07:39:02
Steve, I hear we're in for Geoff Nulty, on the QT, of course...
Steve Cotton
51 Posted 14/08/2017 at 12:33:37
Guy I was at the game where Jimmy Case ended his career.. It was a shithouse challenge if ever I saw one….
Dave Abrahams
52 Posted 18/08/2017 at 20:50:12
Dermot (44), at the time of Aaron's illness, Inwrote him a letter of encouragement and wishing him all the best for the future, as I imagine a few football fans did.

Recently Aaron sent me a reply. A large letter with an action shot of him, simply replying.

THANK. YOU Thank you for your kind thoughts and best wishes.

I am doing well and appreciate all the messages of support.

Aaron Lennon.

There was also a signed photograph of himself. I was hoping he would have come on last night, even for a few minutes so we could have all shown how much we are behind him in his fight to recover, maybe in a future game very shortly.

Darren Hind
53 Posted 18/08/2017 at 21:03:59
Top man Dave

Thanks for sharing that with us

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