Why Everton should pay reported price tag put on Aaron Lennon

Everton will have to shell out a decent amount of cash to sign Aaron Lennon permanently in the summer.

The London Evening Standard has reported that Tottenham Hotspur will demand £7 million from Everton to make the loan move of Aaron Lennon permanent.

There are several reasons why they should pay it.

Lennon has been used frequently by Roberto Martinez since he made the move from White Hart Lane and he offers a dangerous and quick attacking threat down the right hand side for the Toffees.

In terms of wingers the club could sign for £7 million, he has a greater level of Premier League experience than the club would arguably be able to get for that amount of money.

He knows the league, he knows the physical demands of the league and he’s quickly growing used to Everton’s style of play.

He’s also still relatively young at 27-years-old, which suggests that he has several years ahead of him if he can stay fit and is playing well enough to justify his place in Everton’s starting line-up.

  PositionTeamPassing AccuracyAccurate CrossDuel WonWon ContestAppearancesMins Played
Kevin Mirallas MF Everton 87% 8 52 20 20 1,070
Aiden McGeady MF Everton 84% 5 43 16 14 871
Aaron Lennon MF Tottenham / Everton 81% 3 25 5 12 470

There’s no doubt that when compared to players like Kevin Mirallas and Aiden McGeady in key areas for any winger, he definitely has work to do.

However, he’s played far less and can get up to similar figures if he’s given an extended run of games by Roberto Martinez.

£7 million is a transfer fee, which won’t cause Everton to break the bank and allows them to sew up a position across their midfield.

It’s now Lennon’s job, if he wants to stay, to show why that fee is a bargain and why he can be an important player for the Toffees over the next few years.

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