The sight of a smiling Aaron Lennon was a welcome one as the bulk of Everton's squad reconvened at Finch Farm today.
Those players who were not involved at international level this summer began pre-season training today and Lennon, who was detained under the Mental Health Act for what was diagnosed as a stress-related illness two months ago, was among them.
He was joined by Yannick Bolasie, who is continuing his patient rehabilitation from two knee surgeries, and Seamus Coleman, who is recovering from his broken leg, as Everton's players were put through a series of fitness tests.
Ross Barkley, whose contract situation remains unclear as he enters the final year of his current deal, was also present.
New signing Davy Klaassen and Romelu Lukaku are expected to return from holiday and join training on Thursday while those players involved in the U20 World Cup and U21 European Championships will be allowed a little longer.
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1 Posted 03/07/2017 at 11:52:50
2 Posted 03/07/2017 at 12:05:57
3 Posted 03/07/2017 at 12:19:17
It's not Lennon, it's Browning.
4 Posted 03/07/2017 at 13:31:21
5 Posted 03/07/2017 at 14:12:29
I just want to see the green light on Keane and Sandro. I expect Sandro will not turn up for a few weeks yet, the boy has to have some rest. I assume Kenny and the u20 heroes are also being given recuperation time. Not too long for Kenny I hope, I would like to see him play the first game in the EL.
As far as his back up goes, I would prefer to see Aaron Lennon get a run at right wing back, particularly if we play a back three.
Can't wait for the season to start. If we only sign Keane and Sandro, but keep Lukaku and Barkley, i'd be very optimistic for the season.
6 Posted 03/07/2017 at 14:13:54
I can't see Lennon in any of the photos, but it is widely reported he is in attendance.
Check out the very last photo: is that Luke Garbutt displaying phenomenal levitation skills???
7 Posted 03/07/2017 at 14:18:12
8 Posted 03/07/2017 at 14:18:52
9 Posted 03/07/2017 at 14:22:19
10 Posted 03/07/2017 at 14:29:45
Got to be good for him to be back in the group after the duress he evidently passed through recently.
Pleased for him.
11 Posted 03/07/2017 at 14:31:22
The ToffeeWeb passage above says Barkley is there, but I can't see him on any photo.
12 Posted 03/07/2017 at 14:36:54
13 Posted 03/07/2017 at 14:36:58
14 Posted 03/07/2017 at 14:38:03
Forget the running up and down Southport Dunes until you're sick (as some on here still advocate...).
15 Posted 03/07/2017 at 14:43:22
16 Posted 03/07/2017 at 14:43:58
18 Posted 03/07/2017 at 15:17:48
19 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:03:15
20 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:07:25
Great to see Aaron Lennon back training.
21 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:08:30
23 Posted 03/07/2017 at 16:32:33
24 Posted 03/07/2017 at 17:29:23
25 Posted 03/07/2017 at 17:36:10
Ironically, Everton's stamina flagged in the final furlong when Bingham's side looked nailed on to be champions with about 5 games to go. Just don't mention Carlisle! Grrrrrr!
In truth, it was a dreadful Everton team, horribly functional with little or no flair. Far removed from anything under the previous incumbents, Catterick and Carey.
26 Posted 03/07/2017 at 17:46:17
Great to see Aaron Lennon back at Finch Farm. Hope his illness is well and truly behind him.
Here's to a great season for one and all.
27 Posted 03/07/2017 at 18:07:56
28 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:00:05
Gladly, he has matured, and definitely, lost a yard or two, but still feel he can be a valuable squad member.
Though can't stop thinking, when we signed him, there weren't too many others, competing for his signature!
However, he is one of us, while he is wearing that shirt, and I will back him to the hilt, albeit he may inevitably be a squad player, unless, he proves otherwise!
29 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:05:41
While we wait for Seamus, I think you'd be great in front of Jonjoe. And hey, make Seamus work for his place back into the side.
30 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:35:19
31 Posted 03/07/2017 at 19:55:52
32 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:21:32
33 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:26:48
Ramiro Funes Mori
Who have I missed?
34 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:29:29
35 Posted 03/07/2017 at 20:31:31
36 Posted 04/07/2017 at 07:07:21
37 Posted 04/07/2017 at 07:18:17
38 Posted 04/07/2017 at 07:26:10
His fitness may be a problem considering what has gone on for him. I think he will get game time if his fitness is up to scratch.
39 Posted 04/07/2017 at 08:00:02
I think he will be a squad player - however I think he could do a very good job at right wingback in a back 5 especially while Coleman is out.
Similar to that of Moses from Chelsea.
40 Posted 04/07/2017 at 09:10:47
41 Posted 04/07/2017 at 10:57:52
42 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:16:02
As Gareth says, there is no reason Lennon cannot play the "Moses role" for Everton. Whilst Coleman is first and foremost a defender, Lennon has far more of Coleman's attributes (playing as a wingback) than Holgate does.
Of course, playing a top side with a back four, it would be silly to play Lennon at right back, but if we go with three at the back and are really getting at a side then Lennon is an option for me.
Also, who have we even got down the right at the moment? Barkley played on the right at the end of the season, although he was 20 yards from the touchline and very much coming in from the channel. Deulofeu seems to have left, Bolasie is injured. Mirallas only seems to play left side these days, and never convinced from the right. So really, as things stand there's a good chance that if he is fit, then he can get a game or two.
43 Posted 04/07/2017 at 11:58:23
44 Posted 04/07/2017 at 12:03:17
45 Posted 04/07/2017 at 12:06:51
46 Posted 04/07/2017 at 12:12:57
47 Posted 04/07/2017 at 13:51:06
48 Posted 04/07/2017 at 15:58:12
I was happy when we signed him. I'll be happier when I see him play.
49 Posted 04/07/2017 at 17:03:09
50 Posted 04/07/2017 at 17:10:22
51 Posted 04/07/2017 at 20:44:39
If he can come back in a good frame of mind, simply enjoy his game, he could just have something to offer as a player. If not, then I am simply delighted for him that he has felt able to return to work, and proud of the club and the supporters for giving him such excellent support over recent months.
52 Posted 05/07/2017 at 05:04:44
53 Posted 05/07/2017 at 06:16:01
54 Posted 06/07/2017 at 09:15:37
55 Posted 09/07/2017 at 17:18:59
56 Posted 10/07/2017 at 22:54:46
I hope he recovers everything he possesses, for his and everyone's sake. He showed great, great promise and really exciting play when he started out in his career. Whatever brought him to his awful halt is an unknown and should remain private but he'll hopefully make his greatest stride into recovery by maximising what talent he has.
Like any Evertonian, I wish him all the best.
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