Everton complete deal for Aaron Lennon

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Breaking Everton have finalised a permanent deal for Aaron Lennon ahead of the transfer deadline.

The 28-year-old signed a three-year contract this evening, sealing the move he is believed to have been holding out on all summer after being frozen out of Mauricio Pochettino's squad at White Hart Lane.

A move for the Tottenham winger was expected this transfer window after Lennon's successful loan spell at Goodison Park last season, as was the late nature of the deal as the Blues forced the Londoners' hand over a fee for a player Pochettino no longer wanted.

A deal worth 4m up front with appearance-related add-ons totalling 500,000 was agreed prior to the 6pm transfer deadline and the deal sheet was submitted to the Premier League with Lennon having already completed his medical.

Lennon's arrival adds to Roberto Martinez's complement of wingers that already included Gerard Deulofeu, Kevin Mirallas and Aiden McGeady.  

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Sharabi Singh
1 Posted 01/09/2015 at 16:48:10
Good signing but wheres the Number 10 everyone in the entire world knows we need!!!

On another note, I'm hearing we've turned down £8M for Naismith from Norwich. Maybe were not as skint as we thought we were..

William Cartwright
2 Posted 01/09/2015 at 16:50:23
Jolly good. He might not look like the happiest of chaps but he will be a very positive addition to the squad. He will also be a buffer to limit McGeady's involvement on the pitch...
Ernie Baywood
3 Posted 01/09/2015 at 16:50:59
I'd take Lennon for £4M. Decent bit of business... might even indicate a willingness to play two pacy wide men now TC is injured. I mean, he can't bench them all can he?
Jermaine Jennings
4 Posted 01/09/2015 at 16:54:26
Sorry, fellas, but you're all deluded if you think Lennon will be a good signing and Spurs are bloody laughing at us!! This is not good business and time will tell you that I'm right.
John Daley
5 Posted 01/09/2015 at 16:56:46
"I'm hearing we've turned down £8 mil for Naismith from Norwich."

If true, that illustrates quite clearly how crazy transfer fees have become for even the most bang average player. I appreciate Naismith for his attitude and endeavour but if being a busy but not very gifted grafter makes you worth almost £10 million in today's market, then something's got to give sooner or later.

John Keating
6 Posted 01/09/2015 at 16:59:31
£4M for Lennon, unbelievable! Spurs should be happy just to get him off their payroll for a year.

Levy is deffo taking the piss out of us if this is true – hopefully not!

Mark Tanton
7 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:01:03
The money for Naismith makes perfect sense. He's a proven goalscorer and international. He knows the Premier League. He could get twelve goals or even fifteen, playing every week.

Twelve to fifteen goals would probably keep you up. With TV money next year getting silly, £8 million suddenly seems worth a punt.

Gavin Johnson
8 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:01:53
Aaron Lennon is very shrewd signing especially in a transfer market where Naismith is valued at £8M. If there was any truth in that we should have taken the money and put it towards signing Charlie Austin.
Mark Frere
9 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:02:16
A fucking headless chicken that works hard and has a bit of pace. This is a pathetic, unimanginative signing! Worst thing is, he will probably keep much more talented players like Mirallas and Deulofeu out of the side. This Transfer Window has been a joke!
Bob Hannigan
10 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:02:40
I thought the window was closed. How can there still be activity?
Peter Morris
11 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:02:49
I must admit to being a bit puzzled by this. I thought Del Boy coming in would put an end to the Lennon business, but what do I know?

By my reckoning, this puts 5 wingers on our payroll: Deulofeu, Mirallas, McGeady, Lennon and eventually Pienaar... what's that going to be, £250k a week? Plus we have two full backs who spend 50% of their time as quasi wingers-and no playmaker.

Unless of course Bobby has a cunning plan, but I'm buggered if I can work it out.

Liam Reilly
12 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:07:30
How many wingers do we need when we only play 1? Del Boy or super Kev may be the new number 10; cause this makes no sense at all.
Steve Guy
13 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:12:21
RM is obsessed with wingmen...
Gavin Johnson
14 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:12:48
Seems the £8M bid for Naismith is true. I can't believe we've not ran with the money when we could have paid the difference for Charlie Austin.

As much as I like Naismith, we need more goals, not endeavour. Although endeavour's also on the short side with some of our players.

Sam Hoare
15 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:12:53
Maybe he intends to play Mirallas or Del Boy at No 10 if Ross is off form (which he is not at present).
Dave Abrahams
16 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:14:33
Good signing for me, he fitted in right away last season and upped the game of two or three Everton players, he also played through the middle on quite a few moves on the break.

One more Bobby on loan and then we'll see how we go.

Ernie Baywood
18 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:15:03
Sorry Sharabi, but supporters saying "I'm hearing that..." is my top peeve.

It's not like you're stood in the hallways of Finch Farm reporting live. It's just some bloke on twitter isn't it?

Neil Thomas
19 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:18:19
Let's face Lennon will be the last signing we get in. Very disappointed.

Another struggling season. No number 10, no striker, and no idea.

Sharabi Singh
20 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:22:34
This is where I 'heard' it, Ernie.

Sky sources: Steven Naismith will be staying with Everton after they rejected an offer from Norwich City. We understand the proposed fee was around £7m to £8m.

Sunderland also understood to have expressed an interest in the Scottish forward but it was never close to happening. Naismith has been training with the Scotland squad today.

Probably is a load of crap but it would have been the best bit of transfer news (after us signing Deulofeu) if he had gone. I'm not a big fan.

Graham Hammond
21 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:24:52
I'm with Mark Frere (#9) on this one. If Kevin Mirallas cannot get into this Everton team and Gerard also is not being given decent league game time, then why sign another wide player? Lennon's goal stats simply don't compare to those of KM.

The McCarthy / Barry partnership is not working, this is where we now need change and to strengthen. Lennon, a waste of money for a club with our (sadly) limited resources.

Gaute Lie
22 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:34:04
Not happy with this one. Why is he frozen out at Spurs?
Jack Cross
23 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:35:06
Great addition to the team if we get Lennon. I've always rated him. Pacy but got a head on his shoulders and can pass a ball. Last season showed you that didn't it? Some of you moaning pricks are never happy.
Ben Mackenzie
25 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:37:06
It's no coincidence that our league form took a significant turn for the best after Lennon had arrived in January. Can't believe some don't think this is a good signing.
Alan Bodell
26 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:40:59
Mirallis is superb but not a 90 mins. player, I rate Lennon and am happy with our deals if this gets through.
We have spent wisely this market, Conor Macaleny is waiting for his chance if Lukaku doesn't up his game and if that fails we have a lot of unspent cash to spend in the winter.
Thank fuck we haven't just blown all our spend like the RS do every chance they get.
Phil Grayston
27 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:49:11
Lennon gave us pace and energy in midfield at a time when we badly needed it. A long season gives plenty of scope to use all of our wide men, as injuries, different opponents and pitch conditions dictate. I say welcome back to the lad
Jimmy Salt
28 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:52:01
I don't think Lennon is that bad... just not what we need.

Smacks of desperation this.

Karl Jones
30 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:53:15
Surely not... Another right side winger... Deulofeu, Mirallas, McGeady already play there...

We need a decent left sided player. The squad is so unbalanced.

Frank Crewe
31 Posted 01/09/2015 at 17:58:36
Better hurry up. Only two minutes left.
Mark Frere
32 Posted 01/09/2015 at 18:05:18
It wouldn't be so bad if Martinez actually played 2 wingers at the same time - but he doesn't! We can all look forward to watching Osman fill in for injured Cleverly and Lennon on the right wing. I can't wait.

I can't believe some people are happy with this transfer window and acquisition of Aaron Lennon. Come on everyone, lets all have a big wankfest over Aaron-fucking-Lennon. Exciting times ahead.

Clive Lewis
33 Posted 01/09/2015 at 18:50:42
How did we miss out on Nathan Dyer, would have preferred this. Don't really rate Lennon.
David Booth
34 Posted 01/09/2015 at 18:57:16
What a waste of money on a failed player that we don't need.

Mirallas must be wondering what the hell he re-signed for, because this headless chicken will probably be preferred to him by our increasingly clueless manager.

Clive Rogers
35 Posted 01/09/2015 at 18:57:18
If true this is a bad signing. He's well past his best, just looking for one last deal. He's happier in a nightclub.
Philip Roberts
37 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:03:03
I've no problem with Lennon himself, I just thought Bobby said we needed a centre half, a striker and a number 10. We've ended up with a CH and another right winger.

I can't wait to hear the waffle spouted about this: He's phenomenal, He's unique, gives us something we haven't got, etc.......

Anthony Fielding
38 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:03:07
Why are we signing another winger when RM insists of not even starting with any wingers this season!?
John Raftery
39 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:03:30
We are certainly happier than the fans of Spurs and Arsenal while the jury will be out at Man Utd after spending £36M on a 19-year-old unknown.

Contrary to speculation on this site and elsewhere, we have kept hold of our best players and added a mixture of proven Premier League players and two South Americans who will probably take time to adapt. All in all I believe this has been a decent window.

Dave Roberts
40 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:05:58
The negativity on here is fucking dismal. Lennon is a good signing. He won us a few points last season playing down the middle. His pace is an incredible asset.

Some people are determined never to be satisfied to the point of bending the evidence to support their prejudice. Fucking hell, if we signed Messi some would find a problem with it. Cheer up FFS!

Anthony Flack
41 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:09:33
Hear, hear, Dave Roberts. He is a player who unsettles and scares opposing defenses.

He is 28, has played at the top level, for England many times.

He did well here last season; I just hope he remembers to smile at the signing on photos.

Pete North
42 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:10:18
Aaron Lennon may or may not prove to be a success for us on the pitch over the next few years. The real issue for the well being of the club is that yet again substantial resources are being invested in a player past his 27th birthday. The player follows investment in Alcaraz, Kone, Barry, Eto'o and McGeady none of whom have/had any value at the end of their contracts.

Along with the continued growth of the squad populated by average players, this approach almost guarantees that we will be more skint than ever compared with our competitors and will head in a downward direction as the years go by. The board need to get a grip before the situation gets any worse.

Karl Jones
43 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:12:57
Why sign two right wingers in the same window when you already have two? We desperately needed a #10 and someone who can attack down the left as Pienaar seems finished. Madness!
Gavin Johnson
44 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:13:45
Mark - you’re venting against Aaron Lennon, but how can you quibble about ٢.5M?! Derby County have just bought Bradley Johnson for ٤M.

At a time when prices have gone through the roof, ٢.5M for a player who’s already proven himself seems a pretty shrewd signing to me.

Lennon made the difference in the 2nd half of last season. We wouldn’t have finished as high as a 11th had we not brought him in. He was an inspiring signing. I think it was pretty much a given he was going to come back based on that. Yes, he’s not the inspiring we all wanted. But he’s still a good signing

If you want to criticise why don’t you have a go at the board. Going back to Derby, they’ve spent over 㿀M which is more than BK as forked out this summer, and they’re a Championship club. If we finish in the top half we’ll be punching above our weight based on expenditure.

I’m just pissed off with myself that I seriously believed we would sign at least one quality striker, or a No 10, and we’ve signed neither. We’ll just get the post mortem about Yarmolenko now, and the board will be excused because they tried. Well, the question I’d be asking is why did we go in 5 days before their incoming deadline closed. If he was a serious target why wasn’t it sorted out before?!

Stephen Brown
45 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:14:10
Delboy, Mori, Cleverley, Lennon, Fernandez and Henen. All have something to offer and no notable losses to the squad.
Not the most exciting but I'd have to say squad is better if a little unbalanced .

Barkley is our no 10 now and early season form is encouraging. Mirralas to provide cover.

My team going forward is
Coleman Stones Jags Baines
Macca Cleverley
Delboy Mirralas

Dave Ganley
46 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:15:03
To be honest, Dave, the negativity is due to the fact that we have not significantly improved the squad since last season where we struggled abysmally. Nothing against Lennon, trier and works hard... but nothing has changed really regarding players who can unlock defences and alter a game in a heartbeat.

We are where we are, I guess, and that is heading for a long laborious season if the current games are anything to go by.

Roger Helm
48 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:20:15
So we haven't lost our top youngsters Stones, McCarthy, Lukaku, Barkley et al and we added good players in Lennon, Cleverley, Deulofeu and hopefully Mori.

Seems to me we ended up ahead. I think Barkley will be a good Number 10 when he learns to pass more and not try to beat the whole defence when he gets the ball.

Shaun Traynor
49 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:21:04
Where's that box? Ya'know the black box where Riquelme, Mouthino, Alan Smith, Fernandes all live? If you find it, let me know..... Yarmolenko needs to get in!
Keith Glazzard
51 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:24:52
We put our saving series of wins together when Lennon joined the team last year. He strengthened our defence by breaking up their attacks with his speed, strength and reading of the game. He can go forward quite well too! Welcome back son, Goodison will be happy to see you again.

Naisy, £8million? It must have been tempting! But he cost sod all and he's a good man to have in the squad (Spurs hated him on Saturday). Something must be looking up.

Mike Allison
52 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:25:58
Wrong position, wrong fee.

We have a No 10, his name is Ross Barkley, we needed a superstar game-changer to play from the left. We now have four right wingers and Martinez keeps playing Kone on the right. Hard not to be pissed off.

£4.5M for a player they don't want who is out of contract next summer?

Shaun Traynor
53 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:27:38
Stephen #39 that is best starting 11 on paper, I agree. The problem I have is, the only change in that starting 11 since 2 September 2013 is Tom Cleverley for Gareth Barry – that's pretty shit in 2 years.

We needed that Yarmolenko type signing this summer – (1) for what we need in our style of play, but (2) to show some ambition and make a statement. We are developing a good squad, agreed, but Bobby identified the No 10 type player before the window even started and we didn't even get close!

Brian Hill
54 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:30:09
Give him a chance, he wants to play for us and, based on the evidence of his loan, will always give of his best. His energy and desire did make a difference.

He is now an Everton player so let's support and encourage him as we would any other.

Kunal Desai
55 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:30:46
It will be another mid-table finish. Yet again another let down in the transfer window. Start those plane engines....
Les Martin
57 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:32:09
Lennon is a good signing at the price, despite the gloom and doom merchants. Players with his pace are rare and he frightens the opposition to death. Also, we have options to bring him on against tired defenders if all is not going well.

I think it;s been a good window. Cleverley was slated but everyone's changed their minds about him; I hope he will be played alongside McCarthy and spray the passes. Barry needs to be a sub these days. Deulofeu for £4.5M, 12 months ago, you would have said a fantasy signing for Everton... no chance... but he is in an Everton shirt now and some Barca's fans are crying in their paella!

The South American boys will be a big surprise once acclimatized to the conditions of the Premier League. Funes Mori will be a class act, left-footed, good in the air with a wicked shot.

Leandro Rodriguez could just be the best of the lot, I have a feeling this boy is a natural predator and goalscorer and we have him for £500k!

As for the No 10 spot, yes the Yarmolenko business was a little disappointing, but do we really know what was happening behind the scenes with deals with the Ukrainians? Also, Super Kev can play in that role.

Added to this, we kept Stones after all that nonsense and bought Holgate, a promising youngster at centre back; who is to say we have not bought another Stones there?

When you consider what has been squandered at other clubs on crazy fees, maybe our club are a bit more savvy and I thank them for it. If this has been a bad transfer window then some of you probably don't enjoy Christmas either!

Tony Stanley
58 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:42:36
Lennon is a decent player, he certainly is no class player. I can remember when we bought class players.
Phil Walling
59 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:44:09
I just can't understand how people can criticise BK for ONLY backing his manager with c£20 Million in the window as well as turning down big money for Stones.

We may not all agree on how the money has been spent but please stop knocking the guy who has done a decent job of being chairman in recent weeks.

Mark Frere
60 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:44:43
Gavin, Lennon only made a difference last season because morale and the actual work ethic of the team was at a all time low. Lennon came in, worked his socks off and gave us a bit of a lift. All it confirmed really is that Martinez had let the standards drop so low that it took a average player like Lennon to come in and set an example to the rest of the players.

Lennon really isn't a player which will improve our starting 11. He is a poor passer and crosser of the ball. Work-rate and pace alone is not enough. Mirallas and Deulofeu are considerably more talented and score more goals. My guess is Lennon will keep them out of the team.

And for the record, I'm more pissed off with the board than the actual signing of Lennon. We were promised TWO more attack minded players, one of them a number 10 which would add much needed creativity. We have been once again let down by this inept board. And while we stand still in the transfer market, lesser clubs outspend us, while the top 6 clubs widen the gap.

James Stewart
61 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:45:19
No problem with Lennon great little player. Saved our season last year and offers something different with his pace. No need for McGeady now, though... waste of wages.
Tony Marsh
62 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:45:40
Lennon is not what we need. We already have a shedload of wingers who don't play.

As for the striker, he will come in January when Stones leaves for Chelsea for over £40 million.

Poor window and yet again, we are deflated by the lack of quality being brought in.

Christopher Wallace
63 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:49:07

Although he may not be the player we are crying out for, £4.5m is a bargain for a proven Premier League player, who has already shown that he can improve our starting 11.

Stephen Brown
64 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:51:21
I'm more concerned about lack of No 9 cover than lack of No 10 cover!

Injury to Rom is a big concern; also he is under no pressure for his place.

We should have gone for Austin I feel!

Kelvin Thomas
65 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:53:39
Aaron Lennon was by far our best player during the second half of the last season. He was like a breath of fresh air at a time relegation was worry for us all. He has also been determined to return to Everton.

I for one am pleased we've got this one over the line. In my opinion, it's Deulofeu that needs to challenge Lennon for a starting place.

Mirallas will be predominantly left sided. McGeady is cover for either flank!

Christopher Wallace
66 Posted 01/09/2015 at 19:53:49
Also, there's absolutrly no reason why Mirallas can't excel in the No 10 role, or coming off the left.

Barkley also has the tools. Player with that much technique and ability should be able to play left/right/behind main striker – enough of this square pegs/round holes bullshit. It just takes some work on the training ground – they have enough time ffs!

For the record – I'd love to have signed Payet, or a player of that ilk, but we didn't. We do have talent at the club though.

Eric Holland
67 Posted 01/09/2015 at 20:00:46
Just take a look on the spurs forums and see how highly they all rate Lennon. Most of them are gutted he has gone.
Christopher Wallace
68 Posted 01/09/2015 at 20:02:36
Stephen 52

That is a concern. Hopefully Kone can continue his resurgence - confidence appears to be flooding back and we should really get behind him.

Maybe Leandro will be a world beater?! Not really comforting no, particularly as neither player are out-and-out No 9s...

Christopher Wallace
71 Posted 01/09/2015 at 20:11:30

Just look at Saturday's game. Lennon would've offered a far greater threat on the right than Dembele, or that other greedy Belgian (plenty of them about!) Chadli.

Ditto Everton. It's no good having the quality to make a killer pass with nobody making the runs in behind the fullback!!

Frank Crewe
72 Posted 01/09/2015 at 20:12:10
@Mike Allison 45

We were going to pay £15,000,000 for a player who is out of contract next summer. £4.500,000 seems pretty reasonable in comparison.

Paul Jeronovich
73 Posted 01/09/2015 at 20:16:26
Good signing. Just to echo a few other comments, a lot of Spurs fans are unhappy with Lennon going and think he has been treated badly.
Ian Cowhig
74 Posted 01/09/2015 at 20:26:22
I believe the signings we have got are good signings. It is the signings we didn't, that have people riled to have a go at what we did sign.

Martinez said we needed a Number 10. Which meant it was important to the way he wants to play when teams sit back against us. Yarmolenko may have been the player that fitted the bill. But we should not just have a plan A. We should have an A and B, and if we ended up with both then so be it. Especially as Yarmalenko could play wide if required.

Also, though I like Naismith, we could have recouped some money at the end if we had over stretched the budget Scrabbling around at the last minute to get a player that is so important to the team is not dignified and just poor planning. Imagine if Martinez got his way with a shorter transfer window. If they can't sort something in two months, how is 1 month less going to help the way Everton complete transfer business.

The only plus side, I see in all this, is that Martinez may be forced in to the counter attacking style that the players, and ourselves, are happier with. Let's hope eh.

Dave Ganley
75 Posted 01/09/2015 at 20:28:14
Well Frank is that where we are at as a club now, trying to compare Lennon with Yarmalenko? Chalk and cheese my friend. We are crying out for a playmaker and we have purchased Lennon. As I said earlier nothing against the lad, tries very hard and shone in the latter stages of last season in a very very poor team. Anybody who came in and worked hard would have shone in the awful side last season.

We have stood still while most others have strengthened which these days means going backwards. The ambition of the club seems to be at an all time low and any kind of finish in the top half of the table should be considered amazing really given our lack of foresight in getting in the kind of players we need. It appears that workhorses and triers are where we are shopping now. Southampton game apart we have been poor yet again this season and while a point at WHL is nothing to be sniffed at, really we should have taken a hiding there. Good job Spurs are shit too.

So while Lennon may give us some badly needed energy, I am not going to be celebrating like some of you as we have, yet again fallen far short of what we actually needed to be competetive again.

Karl Jones
76 Posted 01/09/2015 at 20:34:16
Not a signing who will help us challenge for the top six. A no.10 is what we desperately needed and we failed to get. We tried far too late and missed a number of targets who went to our rivals.

Last season teams came to Goodison and we struggled to create chances. This season, you only have to look at the Spurs, Man City and Watford games to see virtually every pass is sideways. Lennon is not going to change that. In my view Barkley is not a natural No. 10 and is too inconsistant.

Sorry to be negative, but nothing has really changed from last season except the fact we are not in Europe. Long hard season ahead, especially the Home games. Can only see us finishing 8th or 9th.

Sam Hoare
77 Posted 01/09/2015 at 20:41:45
I like Lennon but he's not the player to push us to the next level to create or score a goal out of nothing that will win us the match.

Time will tell what the likes of Funes and Leandro may bring but right now I feel pretty underwhelmed.

Christopher Wallace
78 Posted 01/09/2015 at 20:44:10
Dave 61

I'm a big fan of Yarmolenko and would love to have him at Everton. I also would love us to sign a quality playmaker.

However, Yarmolenko is not a creative playmaker, as you seem to think.

Dave Ganley
79 Posted 01/09/2015 at 20:50:41
To be honest Christopher I was highlighting an earlier point whereby someone was comparing value for money between Yarmolenko and Lennon that's all. As I said, chalk and cheese, no contest really.

I haven't seen enough if Yarmolenko to categorise him one way or the other but was just saying that we badly needed a playmaker and yet again haven't got one that's all, mate.

Christopher Wallace
80 Posted 01/09/2015 at 20:51:07
Sam (#63),

At least Lennon makes runs in behind defenders. He also offer incisive 1-2s - something we've been sorely missing since Baines/Pienaar axis was broken up.

He showed a willingness to come narrow and try and sniff out a scoring opportunity.

With or (frustratingly) without that elusive playmaker, Lennon is an asset to the club. Lukaku is crying out for someone to hit the byline and put the ball in an area to attack. Watch this space..

Mark Dunford
81 Posted 01/09/2015 at 20:51:10
Puzzled by negativity. Lennon did very well last year - better than expected; showed a good work ethic and added a simple direct pace to the team. Won the game at QPr for us and that was a key fixture. As others have pointed out - the fee is relatively modest and he is proven at this level, yet also has something to prove more widely. A modest gamble. Suspect this means McGeady is now 4th choice for a role on the right and his days must be numbered.

Having just heard Tim Vickery on R5 - I'd be more worried about £9.5m on someone who may not have any of Lennon's attributes and is also unproven.

My big quibble is the lack of balance in the squad and the ongoing failure to add a plausible third goalkeeper to the squad. Joel did far better than expected last year when Howard was injured, but his performance at Barnsley was worryingly back to what we'd seen before.

Bob Hannigan
82 Posted 01/09/2015 at 20:54:06
Good signing, AL may not be the best out there but he wants to be here, has skills and is proven over the years. Just hope he has at least 3 years of the same left in the tank.
Ian Brandes
83 Posted 01/09/2015 at 20:59:54
I am going to be positive. I like Lennon, who looks like he can be arsed. Just puzzled by one thing though. As Steve guy pointed out earlier, RM seems obsessed with wingmen. Never seems to play them though!

Roberto,like God, works in mysterious ways, so let us hope he has got it right with South americans! COYB!

John Keating
84 Posted 01/09/2015 at 21:09:59
Lennon's face tripped him when he knew he was coming to us for the second half of last season. Can you imagine what he feels like one coming to us for years!

What a complete waste of money we don't have... Better giving it to EItC

Raymond Fox
85 Posted 01/09/2015 at 21:15:22
Mark, there would be negativity on here as someone else said, if we signed frigging Messi, he'd be over the hill or one footed or too short!
Christy Ring
86 Posted 01/09/2015 at 21:16:32
I believe Lennon is a good addition for £4.5m. He had a great partnership with Coleman last season. My problem is, why didn't we sell Naismith to Norwich for £8m (a great tryer) and add £7m to buy Austin, a natural striker.
Colin Leary
87 Posted 01/09/2015 at 21:30:56
I think we all need to remember that we might of lost Stones and cashed in like we did with Fellaini etc.. Which we all feared in here.

The fact we kept our best players is massive.. We done what the Red Shite couldn't achieve. COYB

Anthony Dwyer
88 Posted 01/09/2015 at 21:35:56
Happy with the way we got the Lennon deal done, got him cheap, kept our nerve an ended up with a quick player who proved a handful for most defences last season.
He's already used to our boys plus the manager so I'm sure he can hit the ground running.
Colin Grierson
90 Posted 01/09/2015 at 21:44:58
I like Lennon. He did well for us last season so deserves his chance with us again. I'm disappointed we didn't get a no.10 but I think I was all caught up in the hype. Let's see how things go. Maybe Ross can step up and do the job.
Liam Gould
91 Posted 01/09/2015 at 21:50:05
This is a sign of going backwards in the transfer market, we regularly finished above or just below spurs, yet Martinez thinks that a guy who Spurs didn't even issue a squad number to is a step up for the Toffees from what we have? McGeady, Lennon, Kone, Alcaraz, Robles, Atsu... poor players!

McCarthy and Lukaku established in the premier league and paid top wack for, the man hasn't found anyone that you can say great never heard of him might be a gem!! What do his scouts do except look at ageing average players.

Galloway and Deulofeu excluded, not the greatest record in the markets so far!! Besic the just is still out. Hibbert, Gibson, Pienaar, McGeady... even Ossie are now past it or not good enough or always injured need to replace them with our youngsters or younger purchases not more bang average players!

Rob Dolby
92 Posted 01/09/2015 at 21:55:20
Cant wait to see his photo with the shirt and scarf on.
Mike Hughes
93 Posted 01/09/2015 at 22:00:13
Didn't Ross say recently that being a forward was his best / preferred role? I'd like to see him have a run of games as No 10.

There definitely appears to be a right-sided imbalance to our squad though, particularly with the Baines / Pienaar situations.

Let's see how things progress. Given RM's footballing 'philosophy' I'm surprised there is nobody recognised as a creative midfielder that has been targeted.

Neil Thomas
94 Posted 01/09/2015 at 22:04:45
Well a fully fit team for me would be:

Howard - GK
Coleman - RB
Baines - LB
Stones - CB
Jagielka - CB
Lennon - RW
Deulofeu - LW
Barkley - CM
McCarthy - CM
Mirallas - No 10
Lukaku - ST

Joe O'Brien
95 Posted 01/09/2015 at 22:11:33
Christy spot on there. Was always thinking that Austin would have been a smart buy and with Norwich offering 8 mil for Steven it looked like a perfect swop. Strange that they didn't go for that. Have good time for Naismith, but he's limited at what he brings to the team and Austin looks like a natural finisher. We're definitely light up front.

On our squad, we still have the best starting 11 and bench in years. We'll do very well if they all stay fit. What scares me is that if anyone one of the core get injured our bench starts to get light

James Morgan
96 Posted 01/09/2015 at 22:18:16
I'm happy Lennon has joined but I am asking where is this number 10 we were promised? Supposedly we were after two attacking players. Underwhelmed to say the least.

We are stronger now but would've loved a star signing. Playing manager for a second, my strongest first eleven would be:

Coleman Stones Jagielka Baines
Lennon McCarthy Barkley Deulofeu

Subs: Robles Mori Barry Besic Cleverley Kone Naismith

Victor Jones
97 Posted 01/09/2015 at 22:21:24
I think that Lennon will be good for Everton. But not having a crystal ball, "time will tell". As for being frozen out at Spurs. Well that happens.

Tony Abrahams
98 Posted 01/09/2015 at 22:36:12
John Keating, you obviously paid more attention to that photograph than any of Lennon's performances in a blue shirt.

Team player, works his socks off, and never neglects the defensive side of the game. I believe if he concentrates more on his attacking play, he will create chances for the team, even if, I'm sure we never needed another winger.

Victor Jones
99 Posted 01/09/2015 at 22:36:30
Wish that people would lay off Naismith. There are far worse players playing in the premier league. There are worse players currently on Everton's payroll. Naismith is a valuable squad player.

And unless BK sells to a billionaire who takes us on a spending level on a par with the chavs and city. Then we are stuck with the Naismiths of this world. That is the nature of the beast, for us Evertonians.

Tom Kelly
100 Posted 01/09/2015 at 22:47:39
Lennon is a good buy but we still need a number 10. Lennon was impressive last season with his quick dribbling and he will hopefully continue to impress this season.
Jon Withey
101 Posted 01/09/2015 at 22:54:44
Thought Lennon was our best player towards the end of the season.

Not what we need, but a good squad player for only a relatively small amount.

Who the heck is going to play on the left though? I guess we'll have to have them swapping sides through the match or something so everybody gets a bit of the right wing.

With Cleverley, Gibson and Pienaar injured we have a talented but weird squad available.

James E Evans
102 Posted 01/09/2015 at 23:08:23
I despair. I genuinely despair.

٢M+ for a right winger we don't even need and ٧.5M for a South American defender who was costing us ٣.5Mm a week ago. I guess we now know why the transfer took so long to complete. It had nothing to with his work permit.

Where the hell is the number 10 we have needed for so long? Sometimes I wonder if Martinez knows what he is doing. Why bother buying Lennon when we already have a much more exciting and skilful player in Delboy? That's four right wingers at the club now and yet Martinez doesn't start any of them!
Colin Leary
103 Posted 01/09/2015 at 23:11:59
We should all not take responsibility of picking the perfect team. That's Martinez's job and he's earning loads of money for it. I can't see us doing much better than last season. Too much deadwood and too much youth or future prospects.

We should say we will buy season tickets when the stock has matured. We are not investors of might be in the future. We want it now!

Joe O'Brien
104 Posted 01/09/2015 at 23:25:05
But we wouldn't get £8 mil for any other player that we could sell in a position that we'd swop for a striker, Victor. We need a striker.

I'd get rid of McGeady in a heartbeat but we'd only get £2 mil max for him. More goals in Austin than Naismith, that's the big difference.

John Keating
105 Posted 01/09/2015 at 23:25:13

We DO NOT need another winger!
We need a back up for Lukaku
We need a forward thinking midfielder
We need a back up CB
And a goalie
We haven't got much money - apparently - so why waste it on Lennon?

Spurs are trying to offload players, Lennon is in his last year. They should be made up to get him off the wages and US Divvies come in with £4 million. Absolutely ridiculous!

Fuck me we have a team of wingers and defensive midfielders.

Paul Hewitt
106 Posted 01/09/2015 at 23:26:44
Lennon is a good signing. Lots of pace and trickery, just what we need.
Colin Leary
107 Posted 01/09/2015 at 23:32:52
The problem we have.. In history any successful side picks itself. Martinez after this window and even the tiny squad we have won't have a clue who is our best eleven.
Mike Childs
108 Posted 02/09/2015 at 00:32:02
It has become painfully obvious that any player that cost £5 million or more is to much to spend when your only ambition is to stay up. The Yarmolenko non-signing smells of a smoke screen that the board dragged out to save face after the plane.

As far as Lennon goes I'm happy he's here cause he does the dirty week as well as upping Coleman's game. Sure it takes him 15 or so attempts to get a cross right but he's there trying. His pace does frighten the opposition and free up others as well. So not a bad addition in my opinion.

My biggest question is when is my boy Jimmy Mac going to find his groove. He's been below par to say the least this year.

Steven Jones
109 Posted 02/09/2015 at 00:39:48
Yarm will come in January ...
James Peter
110 Posted 02/09/2015 at 01:21:38
First time commenting on ToffeeWeb, always a great laugh to read these pages though! But I'm sorry... this page has angered me enough to sign up and explain why this is a bad signing.

Lukaku was a loan signing. His loan fee was, what £3M?

Aaron Lennon, who is essentially a LOAN SIGNING!!!! because he has 1 YEAR on his contract, £4.5M.....

Lennon on loan costs more than Lukaku on loan???

He hasn't even been given a squad number by Spurs, and we don't need yet another right winger when we only play 1 winger anyway...

Please explain how this is good business?? Not being funny, but I'm genuinely confused here.

Andy Codling
111 Posted 02/09/2015 at 02:14:36
Amazing, and exactly why Everton are a no mark little tin pot club with no ambition. Pathetic window but at least bill used to get the bus the game!!!
Jay Harris
112 Posted 01/09/2015 at 02:28:43
Very good buy and especially if the rumour that the fee being quoted is his wages for the next 12 months plus £1M as we were going to take him on loan and pay his wages of £70k a week.

The reason most people are upset is that we have let Eto'o and Atsu go and Garbutt out on loan; Chris Long gone; Ossie, Pienaar, Gibbo and Barry on their last legs and we haven't added any extra quality into the squad.

Okay, Galloway, Pennington and Browning all show good potential and I don't know about the lads we have signed from South America but we all know we need a GK, goalscorer and a creative MF player who can score goals.

It is also upsetting to find we have taken another £20M loan out from the BVI. WTF is going on Bill????

Jay Harris
113 Posted 01/09/2015 at 02:28:44
Very good buy and especially if the rumour that the fee being quoted is his wages for the next 12 months plus 1m as we were going to take him on loan and pay his wages of 70k a week.

The reason most people are upset is that we have let Eto'o and Atsu go and Garbutt out on loan; Chris Long gone; Ossie, Pienaar, Gibbo and Barry on their last legs and we haven't added any extra quality into the squad.

OK Galloway, Pennington and Browning all show good potential and I don't know about the lads we have signed from S. America but we all know we need a GK, goalscorer and a creative MF player who can score goals.

It is also upsetting to find we have taken another 20m loan out from the BVI. WTF is going on Bill????

Dave Hall
114 Posted 02/09/2015 at 02:47:50
Good buy, adds competition on the flanks and hopefully removes all excuses for playing 4 CMs at once. Doesn't cover the disappointment in not getting a creative attacking player, but this is Martinez's system...

He wants to play 4-2-3-1, well he's had the time to bring in the players he wants to execute it. Whether or nor we're happy about it, this gives Ross a real chance to prove whether or not he has what it takes to impose his will on games in attacking midfield. Best 11:

Coleman Stones Jagielka Oviedo (well, Baines)
Barry McCarthy
Deulofeu Barkley Mirallas

Subs: Besic, Kone, Browning, Mori, Lennon, Naismith + 1 (Cleverley, Baines, Galloway, Pienaar, Gibson - perpetually hurt; McGeady, Hibbert - shite; McAleny - can't get a look-in despite impressing in preseason)

Let's back the team until it's clear there's a need for a change, and give our young players a chance to show what they can do!

Priya Bowley
115 Posted 02/09/2015 at 03:41:07
Thats really great news! I thought Tottenham was taking it a bit too far with their money.
Joe Clitherow
116 Posted 02/09/2015 at 07:20:28
I've refrained from commenting at all this season as it is pointless but I really do worry that nothing has changed with Martinez. I expressed real concern about him being given money in the transfer window because I don't think he can manage it in the way we need to.

Stones is the last of the Moyes "profit" buys that have been vital to the club's very survival for this century. When he, and possibly Coleman, possibly Barkley, is finally sold then that is pretty much it for the buy low-develop-sell high strategy we have had to have for a long time as a differentiator.

None of Martinez's buys will have any real resale value as they are either too old (Kone, Lennon), known quantities (Cleverley), capped buy backs (Deulofeu) or he has paid probably top dollar already with a significant risk of losing it (Mori). This is fatal for us as our revenue streams are low compared to clubs around us and especially even minor London clubs.

The days of the unpolished gem which has subsequently enabled better quality of players is completely gone under Martinez and whatever people say he has been backed with funds.

And somebody please tell me it was a SSN joke that we turned down £8M for Naismith???!!!

Christopher Wallace
117 Posted 02/09/2015 at 07:53:52
James 100

Lennon is on a 3-year contract and we now own the player.

Lukaku was a 1-year loan, and we did not own the player.

Chris Gould
118 Posted 02/09/2015 at 07:58:05
Joe, why are you not mentioning Holgate, Henen, Rodriguez? Is it because they are young, potentially unpolished gems, and mentioning them doesn't suit your argument?

Matt Traynor
119 Posted 02/09/2015 at 08:08:09
James #100, the Lukaku loan fee was slated to be £6m, and was also slated to have been included in the £28m fee for his purchase outright. (WBA had reportedly paid £5m for his loan the season before).

Just because he's got a year left doesn't make it a loan fee. Same as Real Madrid weren't paying £29m loan fee for De Gea (before someone cocked up). We could've played Tottenham and tried to get him on the cheap, and they could've dug their heels in and let him rot in the reserves or U21s for a year. Who's to say after that he'd be inclined to sign for us anyway?

Moot point, but we were rumoured to have been offered him by Leeds for £1m when he was 17. I don't know why Moyes turned him down, but wouldn't surprise me if it was because we couldn't afford it at that time.

Colin Glassar
120 Posted 02/09/2015 at 08:13:51
The positive thing about Lennon is he wanted to play for us. Apparently, he told Spurs "It's Everton or I stay."

I'd rather have ten Lennons than one Ukrainian (who has hinted that he'd only join Everton if no other prem club came in for him) who would only use us to get a move to a 'bigger club'. I'm sick of mercenaries.

Chris Gould
121 Posted 02/09/2015 at 08:19:49
James, 100: £4.5 million for a player that we know fits in with the squad and played well last season is good business. He is also only 27, in his prime, and homegrown.

Comparing it to Lukaku's loan deal is a bit odd and not relevant. It isn't effectively a loan deal, just because he's in the last year of his contract.

Lennon has been around for a long time, but at 27 brings Premier League experience while entering his prime years. It's a good deal. I can see him getting back into the England squad.

Joe Clitherow
122 Posted 02/09/2015 at 08:40:56
Chris 107

I don't ignore these guys you mention, they don't even register as gems yet. Play 10 games in the Prem before they even count in that category. Until then they are Baxters, da Silvas, Greens, or Branches or Cadamarteris or Chadwicks. We get excited about youth teams but rarely fulfilled. Even Anichebe counted as a big success in coming through.

Henen is in his second year here and is he pulling up trees? Are you predicting he is the next Anthony Martial in terms of profit? No I didn't think so.

You didn't mention Ryan Ledson, where is his big push for the first team? These guys don't even get any game time under Martinez when the likes of Barry are guaranteed to play.

The view of Martinez as champion of youth is another myth, spun by his supporters. He does not look like polishing any of these alleged proto-gems.

Simon Jones
123 Posted 02/09/2015 at 09:29:57
I think he is a boss signing. We effectively had him on trial last year, sensible money when you compare him to what other players moved for and although everyone says we have too many wingers, I'm not sure how many more games Pienaar (injury) and McGeady (footballing reasons) will play.

Welcome to the Mighty Blues, Aaron!

Tony George
124 Posted 02/09/2015 at 09:48:47
If he can prove his fitness, I see Lennon going straight into the side after the break. The only other newcomer we are likely to see early doors is Mori who may be needed for the left-back spot.

Yesterday's other signings were very much for the future but it is good to see the manager has confidence in our squad to make a good impression this season.

No reason why a climb of half-a-dozen places shouldn't be achieved come next May.

Paul Cherrington
125 Posted 02/09/2015 at 10:49:20
If we turned down £8 million for Naismith, that is a crazy decision from the people in charge. That money for an aging, limited player should be taken without question unless he is central to the team or a world class player. I like Naismith as a person and he is a good squad player as cover but we can't be turning money like that down for him.
Laurie Hartley
126 Posted 02/09/2015 at 12:08:13
At £4.5m Lennon is really good business - many posters last season said the $9m Spurs wanted for him was too much - not more than £6m.

He made a big difference to us last season and as Colin said in his post he wants to play for us and he always puts in a shift - that will do me.

Just wish we had someone like Arteta to plonk in the middle of this lot and let him loose because, no matter how hard I try, I just can't come up with a balanced team from what is now a pretty good squad.

Dominic Tonge
127 Posted 02/09/2015 at 12:31:57
What a waste of our limited resources this deadline day was.

Lennon had a year on his contract, no squad number, and a large section on here deem it good to pay £4-4.5 million for him. Andre Ayew on a free was good business. This was a desperate bid to appear active in the market to appease fans. Couple that to paying well over the odds for Mori and we have had a poor window.

I am hugely disappointed, no Number 10 which frankly beggars belief, none of the deadwood moved on. The quicker this board are out the better.

I am just glad we kept Stones because the money would have either disappeared totally or been wasted from the looks of things. At least we have an easy run of fixtures, eh.

Tony Abrahams
128 Posted 02/09/2015 at 13:00:44
John, I also think we never needed another winger, but Colin's post at 109, is the reason that I replied to your earlier post.

You said his face was tripping him, but then neglected to talk about the effort and commitment he put into playing for Everton. Maybe he just hates getting his picture took!

Chris Gould
129 Posted 02/09/2015 at 13:16:11
Joe 111, I don't suggest any of them are gems, but of course they have potential. It is too early for you to say that he hasn't unearthed any gems that could prove valuable in the future. Nobody predicted Stones's value would skyrocket like it has. Not when he was initially purchased. However, it's fair to add that Roberto also tried to buy him at the time for Wigan.

He's playing Stones, Barkley, Galloway, Browning. He can only bring a few in at a time, and only if they're good enough. Roberto is putting together a core of young players, but that doesn't mean he has to play a bunch of kids.

He deserves a little more time before being judged in this particular department, regardless of how you feel about his tactics, system etc.

Mat Smith
130 Posted 02/09/2015 at 13:22:41
Laurie 113: I'd really like to see Stones play in the middle alongside McCarthy – I like the way he often drives out of defence with the ball and pushes the opposition back and looks to have a good range of passing
Pete Edwards
131 Posted 02/09/2015 at 13:53:35
James #100 I can see why you haven't posted before... absolutely baffling logic:

"Aaron Lennon, who is essentially a LOAN SIGNING!!!! because he has 1 YEAR on his contract, £4.5M.....

Lennon on loan costs more than Lukaku on loan???"

You do know he was on loan for the second half of last season and we have signed him perm now don't you?!?!?

Peter Barry
132 Posted 02/09/2015 at 14:09:17
Where has all the TV money gone is what I want to know.
Joe Clitherow
133 Posted 02/09/2015 at 17:46:30
Chris 118

"He deserves a little more time before being judged in this particular department"

You're entitled to think that, but I don't agree.

His career has not started in the time he has been with Everton. I don't recall him having bought a player low and sold on high at Wigan. You can't point to players like McCarthy since RM paid the fee from the other side!

What I certainly can judge him on are the purchases he has made at Everton to date and, in my opinion, he has paid well over the odds on quite a few occasions.

I'm thinking Kone, loan deals for players who were injured the whole time (Traore wtf!).

Basically I am saying I think RM is very poor in the transfer market and spends money with wild Latin abandon whereas Moyes spent it like it was his own and true to form conjured up images of Pte Fraser in Dad's Army parting with his cash (or not) from his little purse.

This may have infuriated us and may have unfairly even been reflected back on BK withholding cash when it may have been Moyes - I don't know.

But long term this cautious approach was exactly what was required for Everton, like it or not. Whereas, in my opinion, RM pays top dollar prices for players who do not significantly improve the squad and more importantly have no sell on recoup. This is a slow death for us and I am not basing this on a contaminated view from RM's tactics or team selections, but granted I don't like those either but for entirely separate reasons.

James O'Connell
134 Posted 02/09/2015 at 18:53:35
Lukaku gets injured and we are in shite. Offered 8 million for Naismith and we pass on Austin for 14 million? Lennon is ok but lets face it we should be aiming as high or higher than spurs and buying their surplus is hardly ambitious. We have one of the smallest squads and yet more 'squad players' than most.
Steve Woods
135 Posted 02/09/2015 at 18:56:59
Joe @ 122 Your observations and feelings match mine entirely. Irrespective of what the fans thought of Moyes's on pitch activities, his off pitch activities continue to nett the club £millions/year. Martinez sadly is the polar opposite and he will help run the club into the ground.

I was actually surprised and concerned that the board has not pulled the plug on his contract but then I remind myself of the actual board we have and realise that actually there is no real hope or expectation any more for this club to progress.

It's no longer a pleasure (for me) being an Evertonian the habit has turned into pain. For me, Martinez and all he stands for and particularly his "style" of football, combined with Kenwright and his band of not very merry men, have just about finished me off.

Phil Walling
136 Posted 02/09/2015 at 19:22:24
Once again our fanbase is at odds with itself. Peter Barry @121 asks where all the TV money has gone – presumably because RM should have been given more to spend. Joe Clitherow just one post later indicates he would only have frittered it away!

No need to ask which side I'm on!

Mike Allison
137 Posted 02/09/2015 at 19:55:47
Frank (63). Not if one's a much better player, and his club actually wants him. That's the key issue. They've stuck him in the reserves and refused to give him a squad number, that massively reduces the value of a player.

In fact, there are barely any similarities in the situations of Yarmolenko and Lennon in terms of the factors that would affect their transfer value.

Mike Allison
138 Posted 02/09/2015 at 20:16:00
Current Squad, with players listed in what I see as their best positions, with secondary positions in italics:

GK: Howard, Robles

RB: Coleman, Hibbert (Stones, Browning, Pennington, Holgate)

LB: Baines, Oviedo, Garbutt (Galloway, Funes)

CB: Stones, Jagielka, Funes, Browning, Galloway, Pennington (Besic, Barry)

DM: Barry, McCarthy, Besic, Gibson

CM/AMC/'10': Barkley, Cleverley, Osman,

AML: Pienaar (Osman, Cleverley, Mirallas, McGeady?, Oviedo) Not Barkley or Naismith

AMR: Mirallas, Deulofeu, Lennon, McGeady (Kone)

SS/'10': Naismith, McAleny (Mirallas)

CF: Lukaku, Kone, Rodriguez (Mirallas, Naismith)

The problem is certainly not having a small squad, as a couple of people have mentioned. In fact one of our problems is we don't give enough game time to good players who need it and would help the team if they were given it.

The huge, gaping problem is that there is one player at the club whose primary position is on the left, and he is injured, and none of the players who fill in there have done it particularly successfully. The other one, which has been commented on, and drives fans absolutely barmy, is that we now have four right wingers, and Martinez seems insistent on playing people out of position there as well.

Frank Crewe
139 Posted 02/09/2015 at 20:41:33
I could go over to the RS forum after their recent tonking and get exactly the same comments I'm seeing here. It's the managers/boards fault. The players are rubbish/lazy. The signings are crap. The tactics are all wrong, etc etc. Arsenal fans have been griping for years even though they have finished in the top four 19 times on the trot.

The fact is that football fans are never happy no matter what the club does.

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