Everton favourite tips Aaron Lennon to give Toffees a Plan B

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Peter Reid believes loan signing Aaron Lennon could give Everton and manager Roberto Martinez a different dimension going forward this season.

Aaron Lennon is being tipped to shine for Everton this season, according to a Toffees legend.

Peter Reid made over 150 appearances for Everton as a player, during the club’s mid-80s heyday, and firmly believes the new recruit can give the Merseysiders an extra edge when on the attack.

Speaking to Ladbrokes at a special #ForTheFans deadline day event this week, Reid backed the 27-year-old winger to impress at Goodison Park.

"I gave Aaron his debut at Leeds many moons ago and what he has got is bags of pace to get in behind and trouble defenders," he told reporters in a story published on the News.Ladbrokes website.

"Roberto (Martinez) likes his side to play a certain way and they do keep the ball well but sometimes you need a bit of pace and to get the ball forward earlier, and Aaron is someone who can offer that."

Lennon has signed for Everton on loan until the end of the season, with the agreement in place likely to give the Toffees the option to purchase the player outright in the summer.

Reid gave the midfielder his big break at Elland Road back in August 2003 with the then-Leeds United boss bringing the academy star on in a Premier League encounter with Tottenham.

That appearance saw Lennon set what was then a record as the youngest player to appear in the English top-flight at the age of just 16 years and 129 days.

He subsequently joined Spurs in the summer of 2005 for a bargain £1 million and went on to make 364 appearances for the north London club, scoring 30 goals before falling out of favour under manager Mauricio Pochettino this term.

Lennon has made just 16 top-flight appearances so far this campaign and, despite receiving his last England cap back in 2013, could be banking on a move to Everton reigniting his Three Lions career.

Everton, meanwhile, will be hoping that the new addition can help steer the Toffees away from the Premier League relegation zone and towards a mid-table finish.

The Merseyside club are also still in the hunt for continental honours and face a two-leg Europa League tie with Swiss side Young Boys next month.

Next up for Everton is a derby day clash with Liverpool this weekend, with Reid likely to be watching on and hoping one of his former charges comes good.

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