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Burnley ponder move for Lennon

| Wednesday, 03 January 2018  29 Comments  [Jump to last]
Aaron Lennon has emerged as a target for Burnley, according to MailSport.

They claim that Sean Dyche is eyeing cover for Robbie Brady and could try and Lennon away from Goodison six months before his contract expires.

Lennon is back in regular first-team action this season after falling out of favour last season and undergoing psychiatric treatment in the spring but his longer-term future at Goodison Park remains unclear.

The Mail's article suggests that the offer of a two-and-a-half-year deal at Turf Moor could sway him into signing for the Clarets this month.

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Ian Bennett
1 Posted 03/01/2018 at 06:53:00
Sadly he needs moving on. Doesn't score enough and a lack of assists isn't on in a position of the pitch that needs strong contribution.

Yes he works hard, but then he will need to when he contributes so little in an attacking sense. Out of contract and over 30, it would make sense to me to get something and move on.

Colin Glassar
2 Posted 03/01/2018 at 08:12:28
Honest, hard working pro who offers very little at this level. I’d sell him.
Jim Bennings
3 Posted 03/01/2018 at 08:14:58
Yeah move on one of the few players that can actually press opponents and one of the few attacking players but we’ll keep the younger lads because they are under 20 and every single player under 20 is going to be the next Maradona , I must contact my young nephew and tell him to gets his boots on as he’s under 20 that must mean he’s got an amazing future🙄.

When people bang on about our young lads compared to the likes of Trent Alexander Arnold at Liverpool, you don’t see our young lads with a comfort on the ball like other clubs coach freedom and a quality first touch.
Tom Davies can’t trap a ball and can’t run.

It’s pointless having youngsters when they are coached at a piss poor facility like ours , if we brought Dowell back we’d train his ability to shoot out.

The academy is moulding the same type of keep passing it sideways type of player these days , never bring through any kind of strong lad with pace.

Gordon Roberts
4 Posted 03/01/2018 at 08:31:21
Jim #3. Well that's an interesting twist on the debate about Unsworth et al producing the best crop of youngsters ever! Thanks for the insight
Jon Withey
5 Posted 03/01/2018 at 08:45:07
Yeah, the youngsters probably fluked their league and the youth world cup.

Maybe, I dunno, they are just young and need time to adjust to the Prem - rather than throwing them all in because our Seniors are crap or injured.

Tony Abrahams
6 Posted 03/01/2018 at 09:04:24
How many others are those fuckers bringing through Jim, that look like poetry in motion?

I think the last player they brought through was Flanagan, and he’s just fucked up one of their favourite songs!

Carragher said our Christmas, was going to be ruined by those phoney bastards aswell, but most people reckon we shot ourselves in the foot, so hopefully we can redeem this on Friday, and put the boot on the other foot, thanks to young Flanno!

Jim Bennings
7 Posted 03/01/2018 at 09:24:19
I’m simply stating that our young players rarely seem capable of doing the basics , that’s either poor coaching or the Academy is not producing the type of talent we are crying out for.

Yes they won the Under-23 league but the step up from there is immense and you need to be physically quick, strong and able , have we produced a lad that can beat a man ,strike a ball hard or a midfield creator or striker capable of doing anything?

Sane is 21 at Manchester City.

Lukaku at 20 was pulling up trees

Rooney was a one-off at his age but immense.

Gerrard was dominating older men (that sounds shifty) at 18 and 19 as are other young players right now.

Have we got a young lad that attacks with the vigour of even Jesse Lingard??

We haven’t really produced anything other than nice guys that don’t do much other than move the ball sideways?

Robert Leigh
8 Posted 03/01/2018 at 09:34:32
I'd personally like to see us keep Lennon.

Yes he's 30 but his engine is great and we've started to see some flair come back into his game as he's grown in confidence over the last few games - that'll bring a goal or two and start bringing assists.

Also does getting a penalty or two give him assists?

Shane Corcoran
9 Posted 03/01/2018 at 09:53:45
Lennon the right winger being sought as cover for Brady the left winger.

The papers don't even try any more.

Rob Dolby
10 Posted 03/01/2018 at 09:59:21
Lennon is in the team for workrate and to protect Kenny. One of the few plus points this season is their link up play.

Sad as it seems I don't see anyone else in the mismatch of a squad who can do that job.

Buy someone to replace him first. If I suggested albrighton people would laugh but the lad works hard so that the likes of Mahrez can swann around.

Given our status as u23 champs you would think that we could provide a wide player who works hard up and down either side of the pitch but we obviously can't.

Pat Kelly
11 Posted 03/01/2018 at 10:18:50
Any chance we get to offload any of the current squad should be welcomed
Rick Pattinson
12 Posted 03/01/2018 at 10:26:45
I'd keep Lennon. Offer them Mirallas and Besic instead!!!!!
John Raftery
13 Posted 03/01/2018 at 10:29:36
I agree the Lennon/Kenny partnership is one of the few positive features of this season. We need a few committed, experienced players in the squad to allow time for the younger players to develop.

Jim (7) You mention Lingard. He is 25 years old. It has taken him several seasons and loan spells to reach his current level. He is obviously not in the same class as Sane, Lukaku, Gerrard or a 21 year old Rooney. The same applies to our younger players. They won't all reach the very top level but given time and opportunities some of them may well do. In the meantime we need to make the best of what we have got.

Andrew Ellams
14 Posted 03/01/2018 at 12:01:24
Didn't this story do the rounds over the summer too?
Ajay Gopal
15 Posted 03/01/2018 at 12:44:58
Lennon when he first came to Everton on loan kept us out of a relegation scrap with his energy and attitude that rubbed off on others. Knowing that we are not yet technically ‘safe’ it would make sense to keep him, and let him go at the end of the season even if we don’t get anything for him. He will go with our gratitude and best wishes.
James Stewart
16 Posted 03/01/2018 at 12:54:07
Good move for him but we can't let a winger go without bringing one in.
Nicholas Ryan
17 Posted 03/01/2018 at 13:27:27
Rob [10] If you suggest Albrighton, I'm certainly not laughing; he's been quietly consistent for several years, and would certainly 'do a job'.
Thomas Surgenor
18 Posted 03/01/2018 at 13:30:07
Jim, are your serious? Lingard is 25 and didn't make a Premier League appearance till he was over 21/22?! I'm not a Man Utd fan but I'm sure someone can correct me on that one. Let's see our kids at 25 before making such claims.

I don't remember Gerrard pulling up any roots in his first season? In fact he was like a lost boy at times. It was only when they fixed his hamstrings (I think?) that he started producing the performances we all grew to hate.

Tom Davies can't run? How did he get the ball up from his own half against Man City for that iconic goal then?

Also, you say the dark side coach them to be more comfortable on the ball? Young Mason is a centre-back and is very comfortable on the ball. As comfortable as I've ever seen. As are Beni and Kenny. Very neat and tidy footballers.

I think we must watch different players. I'm in no way suggesting we have anything on parallel to the class of 92 but I do believe our youngsters are every bit as good as well travelled seasoned pros.
Martina or Kenny? Besic or Schneiderlin or Beni? Holgate (at centre-back) or back to the days of Alcaraz?

Back on topic. Lennon offers very little going forward these days, perhaps due to our pedestrian play and hoofing it over his head. I admire his work rate and commitment but we need to move forward. This season is basically a dead rubber already so roll the dice and give someone younger a chance to state there claim for next year. Come summer we will know if they are good enough.

Clive Rogers
19 Posted 03/01/2018 at 16:22:36
As an observation on Lennon, you will very rarely see him centre the ball. Even when free he cuts in and tries to dribble into the box. I have not see one centre from him this season. Neither does he take corners or free kicks although he is the smallest on the pitch.
Jim Bennings
20 Posted 03/01/2018 at 16:50:34

Davies living off that Manchester City goal but hey news flash, that was a whole year ago now!.

Clive Rogers..

What’s the point in putting the ball in the centre if you are a winger at Everton ???

There’s never anyone in the box, and when they are they have the heading power of a pigeon.

Dave Williams
21 Posted 03/01/2018 at 16:58:59
Our youngsters cannot be judged properly until they play with the support of some experienced pros who are playing well themselves within a set pattern of play.

We have some excellent young players who have done far better than our experienced men.

Returning to Lennon he should not be given a new contract so let him go if he gets an offer. Never been a regular in the team and we need better and stronger.

Colin Glassar
22 Posted 03/01/2018 at 22:37:37
Our kids have performed miracles this season. Can you imagine if the older players were performing well? The kids would be even better.
Andy Williams
23 Posted 03/01/2018 at 23:23:12
Spot on Dave and Colin. Cannot believe some of the criticism the young lads get.
Jack Storm
24 Posted 04/01/2018 at 18:26:15
Lennon has helped out Kenny a lot. It goes un-noticed.
Jack Convery
25 Posted 04/01/2018 at 20:44:46
Albrighton is a great shout - never say die attitude and a great pro, who creates and scores goals. Get Vardy at same time please. Give them Mirallas and Schneids in a swap.
Nigel Munford
26 Posted 04/01/2018 at 22:09:51
Not sure Kenny would have been so successful this season without Lennon's support. On the point of centering, don't you need someone to centre to, something we've not got.

Also, Lennon has been a regular starter under Sam, which has increased his confidence, so I believe he's of value at least until season's end.

Remember, it wasn't that long ago that this lad was in a bit of a bad place, and to come through whatever he went through to even set foot back on a football pitch at this level is a massive achievement, let alone play with the confidence he is currently.

John Smith
27 Posted 05/01/2018 at 11:26:35
I say keep him. People complain about his lack of goals and assists, but he gets us plenty of free kicks and just about every single one of our penalties were won by him penetrating their goal square. Thats half of Rooney's goals right there.
Dave Abrahams
28 Posted 05/01/2018 at 18:53:07
Nigel (26), good post well said, if every player put as much into their game as Aaron we would have a few more points on the board.
Michael Williams
29 Posted 09/01/2018 at 13:58:47
Aaron Lennon is someone that teams need to allow their real skill players to win games. In America we call people like Lennon "role-players." They have certain skills that allow the best players to shine.

Unless you are a top club that has an impact player at almost every position, teams can use a player that plays lock solid defense, who will chase down a ball carrier or defend a runner from the opponent's goal box to his own corner. Lennon can also stretch a defense and sometimes create mayhem in the opponent's box. He is also making Kenny's introduction to the league much easier by making sure he is covered defensively.

Unfortunately, Everton hardly have any impact players so a team player like Lennon is less appreciated. He is less praised for what he does well and more noticed for the fact that he is not a great goal scorer. As a "role-player" he is very, very good. I wish him well whatever happens and would be just fine if he stayed.

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