Roberto Martinez plays down possible permanent deal for Aaron Lennon

Everton manager Roberto Martinez predicts difficulty for the Toffees in terms of keeping Tottenham Hotspur owned Aaron Lennon.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has played down the idea of signing Aaron Lennon on a permanent basis in the Liverpool Echo.

The Tottenham Hotspur owned winger has impressed the Spaniard since he joined the club last winter and claims Lennon is enjoying his time at Goodison Park.

“There will be others interested. When you see Aaron enjoying his football in the way that he is, he is quite a unique footballer,” said Lennon.

“The only thing that matters is we are very privileged to have him here on loan and we want him to play every single game that is left with real enjoyment.”

Martinez is a shrewd manager and he can play on Lennon’s current enjoyment in the team and work it to Everton’s advantage.

The Toffees can’t compete with some sides financially but they are in the good position of having Lennon on loan, stressing the benefits of the club and creating a platform where he’s been able to play and enjoy his football.

Lennon was under immense pressure at Tottenham but Martinez has got him into the team and has encouraged him to do what he is best at, which is utilising his pace and core skills in wide areas.

Consistent and big performances in games where Everton secure wins is what Martinez will be looking for and he can then focus on convincing the player to stay permanently on a long term deal in the summer.

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