Aaron Lennon signing could be a masterstroke for Everton

Aaron Lennon

Roberto Martinez may have pulled off a coup in bringing the Tottenham man in on loan.

Everton’s deadline day capture of Aaron Lennon from Tottenham Hotspur could be a masterstroke.

Signing him on loan until the end of the season, with a view to buy in the summer, means the Blues have ample opportunity to weigh up their options with the former England winger without the weight of a transfer fee.

Indeed, Lennon will be keen to impress at Goodison Park having found himself surplus to requirements at Tottenham, and Roberto Martinez’s style of play could be ideal for him to do it.

While this season the Blues have failed to utilise the wide areas anywhere near as effectively as they did last season, the signing of Lennon could help them to move back towards that aim. The winger is pacey and loves to go past a man, while his ability to hug the touchline will allow Seamus Coleman to make those runs inside he prefers and is so adept at.

  PositionTeamGoal AssistTotal Att AssistGoalsAccurate CrossWon ContestAppearances
Aaron Lennon MF Tottenham 5 44 1 18 32 36
Aiden McGeady MF Everton 2 19 1 15 39 30

Lennon’s main rival for a starting berth will be Aiden McGeady, who has so far failed to prove himself at Goodison Park. Aside from his brilliant goal against Leicester on the opening day, the winger has often been found wanting, with the Everton faithful quick to get on his back about his performances.

When comparing the two, it appears the Republic of Ireland international will have a fight on his hands. While the pair are relatively close in their number of appearances, Lennon has significantly more attacking assists tham his fellow winger, with a few more goal assists to his name as well. Having said that, as the stats show,  McGeady does beat him in the number of successful contests against defenders.

Elsewhere they are similar too, especially in the crossing department, which may leave fans fearing they’ve signed someone similar to what they’ve already got. However, with little risk and the potential for massive reward, Everton’s signing of Aaron Lennon could prove to be a masterstroke for Roberto Martinez if he can rack up the number of attacking assists he is clearly capable of. 

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