The 31-year-old made his debut for the club as a substitute in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool on the 7th of February, but had to wait until the 22nd of March to score his first goal for the club.
Some supporters were fuming with the club’s choice to bring him in on loan, without really knowing what the future held for the Englishman, as they took to the confirmation of the signing on Twitter in a disappointing manner.
@Everton Injury prone…no end product…poor mans Victor Moses
— Richard Sweetman (@rich_sweetman82) February 2, 2015
— bounty Hunter (@villela022) February 2, 2015
@Everton I'm actually devastated.
— James (@jkq26) February 2, 2015
@Everton pace and nothing else. Unimpressed
— James McGuinness (@jamcguinness) February 2, 2015
— Craig mcguigan (@CraigMcguigan) February 2, 2015
@Everton bring someone else in. someone a bit more exciting
— Dan Jones (@danjoness_) February 2, 2015
— mickdeak231962 (@mickdeak1) February 2, 2015
@Everton Loans, Loans everywhere
— Owen (@Owen__EFC) February 2, 2015
In 2001, Lennon joined the Leeds United academy. He set a record as the youngest player ever to have his boots sponsored when he signed up with Adidas at 14. Two years later, he began his professional career at Leeds United, where he became the youngest player to appear in the Premier League at the age of 16 years and 129 days.
However, with Leeds suffering financial difficulties, Lennon made a £1 million move to Tottenham Hotspur on the 15th of June 2005. The Englishman enjoyed a very successful time of things in North London as he was nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year two seasons running and secured Tottenham Fans’ Player of the Season, the club’s Player of the Season and Young Player of the Season back in the 2008-09 campaign.
After breaking onto the international scene during his time at Spurs, Aaron Lennon decided to take his career elsewhere as Everton secured the services of the winger on loan until the end of the season back in 2015.
He got off to a pretty good start in the blue shirt as he managed to find the back of the net against Queens Park Rangers on the 22nd of March and then went on to find the back of the net once more and added an assist.
On 1 September 2015, Lennon rejoined Everton permanently on a three-year deal for a reported fee of £4.5 million.
He began 2016 in a rich vein of form, scoring in a 1–1 draw at home to former club Tottenham and in three successive Everton wins in late January and early February. Lennon continued his scoring run in a 3–1 away win at Aston Villa and he also netted in a 3–2 home loss to West Ham United on 5 March.
But, the appointment of Ronald Koeman signalled the end for Aaron Lennon as he dropped down the pecking order.
With some supporters fuming about the club’s decision to bring in Lennon back in 2015, it’s clear to see that it was a clever piece of business as Roberto Martinez managed to get the very best out of the tricky winger.
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