Aaron Lennon admits tough season under Pochettino following Tottenham departure

Everton loanee Aaron Lennon says his time under Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham this season was tough.

Tottenham may have only landed MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli in the January transfer window, but a number of players left White Hart Lane.

Defender Kyle Naughton signed for Premier League rivals Swansea City, whilst fellow full back Benoit Assou-Ekotto saw his contract cancelled after being frozen out under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Yet one of the major departures was winger Aaron Lennon, who joined Everton on loan until the end of the season having slipped behind the likes of Erik Lamela, Nacer Cadli and Andros Townsend in the pecking order.

Lennon, now 27, joined Spurs back in 2005, arriving from Leeds United as one of the hottest prospects in English football having impressed at Elland Road.

The former England international racked up 364 appearances for Spurs, and whilst he scored just 30 goals, he has been a fixture on the right wing under an array of managers.

However, in an interview with The Guardian, Lennon opened up on his time under Pochettino this season, suggesting that the Argentine didn't even tell him why he wasn't being selected in the starting line-ups.

"It’s been a tough year and something I’ve not been used to before," he says. "I’ve been used to playing week-in, week-out throughout my career and this has been the first season when I’ve not been involved so it’s been tough to deal with that. To get the opportunity to come to Everton and play again is unbelievable."

"I’ve hardly played at all this season. He [Pochettino] hasn’t really explained why I’ve been left out. He didn’t say much at all, just that I could go when it came to the end of the window."

"A few clubs came in for me [including Stoke City and Hull City] but as soon as I heard Everton were in that was my only choice. Other than that I probably wouldn’t have left. As soon as the call came I couldn’t wait to get up the motorway," Lennon added.

Lennon will return to Tottenham at the end of this season, but it's unlikely that he has a future under Pochettino given these latest comments.

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