Tottenham Hotspur’s longest-serving player Aaron Lennon looks set to leave White Hart Lane this January, with a number of Premier League suitors eyeing up a potential move for the pacey winger, according to the Daily Star.
Lennon has been a great servant to Tottenham since his £1million switch from Leeds United in June 2005. This season though, Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t utilised Lennon as much as the former England international would have liked. The 27-year-old has only made nine Premier League appearances for the Lilywhites – 17 in total – and he has very much found himself on the fringes of Pochettino’s first-team plans.
Lennon’s lack of game time at Spurs has put a number of Premier League clubs on red alert. Reports in the Daily Star above suggest Hull City, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion have all been linked with a move for the winger. Tony Pulis has gone on record in the Metro to say his team lacks pace, making Lennon the perfect acquisition for West Brom, but it’s Hull City who look like the frontrunners to secure his signature, as Tigers boss Steve Bruce seeks to bolster his attacking options readying for a relegation scrap.
Lennon is at the time in his career now where he needs to be playing regular first-team football. He seems to have been around for a very long time, but he’s still only 27 and has a lot to offer in the top flight. The ex-Leeds man hasn’t lost any of his blistering pace, and he’s still more than capable of providing decent service into the box. Any of the previous clubs mentioned would certainly benefit from his services. In his time with Spurs, Lennon has stacked up 267 Premier League appearances for the Lilywhites, and has weighed in with 26 league goals.
Tottenham have recently been heavily linked with a £15m bid for PSV starlet Memphis Depay and it’s a deal Pochettino wants to get done and dusted before the transfer window slams shut next week, while the Mirror have reported Spurs have also enquired about Everton’s Kevin Mirallas in recent weeks – with rumours of Lennon going in the opposite direction. If any of these deals do go through, it would almost certainly spell the end of the diminutive winger’s 10-year tenure at the north London club.
Some of the Tottenham fans are bound to be disappointed to see their longest-serving player leave the club, but no disrespect to Lennon, these are the sort of players Spurs must replace to move on to the next level.
The pint-sized player’s love affair with Tottenham Hotspur is set to come to an end and while he’s undoubtedly lit up White Hart Lane at times over the years, now is the time for him to move on and prove his abilities elsewhere.