This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
Everton have their fair share of wingers from fellow Premier League clubs down the years.
Andrei Kanchelskis, who signed from Manchester United for £5m in 1995, was perhaps one of the more memorable ones from the early years of the Premier League, whilst Alex Iwobi and Theo Walcott have both been taken to Goodison Park from Arsenal in more recent times. Those two are still at the club and, although neither of them have yet set the world alight, they still have time to do so as they remain at the club. Aaron Lennon, meanwhile, who was signed from Arsenal’s fierce London rivals Tottenham, has already been moved on – all in all, it is fair to say he was underwhelming.
Lennon made his name with Spurs, signing from Leeds in 2005. He would go on to become somewhat of a Tottenham legend, certainly in more recent years – he made no less than 365 appearances in all competitions for the Lilywhites, scoring 30 goals and providing 78 assists. After 10 years at the club, though, he was eventually moved on to the Toffees, who paid £5.4m for his services.
He never lived up to expectations on Merseyside. He stayed for three years at the club, managing 77 appearances – but they garnered just nine goals and six assists.
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Eventually, he was moved on to Burnley for £1.5m, where he appeared 55 times in two years before he made the move to Turkish side Kayserispor. All in all, the Toffees made a 72% loss – they have certainly done better business than that.
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