A young talent who came to prominence when he made an appearance at White Hart Lane. This was for Leeds when he came on as a substitute in a Premier League match on 23rd August 2003 to become the youngest to take the field at the age of 16 years and 129 days.
A speedy winger, he soon caught the eye of those who know a good player when they see one and he was eased into the Leeds side over the next season and a half. In this time, Leeds were relegated and foundered financially, almost to the point where they went out of business. This led to many of their players having to be sold to restore some semblance of stability on the money side of the club.
Spurs had tracked Lennon since before Santini arrived and it was Martin Jol's need for wingers in the side to add width to the team which lead him to Elland Road. Aaron Lennon joined Spurs in the summer transfer window of 2005 for a reported £2 million.
The young man was expected to be an understudy to Wayne Routledge and during the pre-season, he did just that, although he starred in his own right in some games.
An early season fracture of Routledge's foot left Lennon as Jol's best option to fill the former Crystal Palace winger's boots. Making a sub's appearance against Chelsea for his debut, with Spurs down to ten men, he showed a willingness to take on the Champion's defence and to track back, which earned him a start in the next match at home to Liverpool.
The confidence of youth saw him use his tricks to get around opponents and he was guided by Edgar Davids in training. A place in the 2006 World Cup squad was the reward for a fine season and he shone in the limited appearances he was allowed in Germany.
The second season at the Lane saw him have to adopt new tricks to catch opponents out and he had a great effect on the right wing which saw him touted as the man to take over from David Beckham in the England team. With successful cup runs, Spurs played well over sixty games in 2006-07, leaving Aaron tired as the end of the season approached. He was also played out of position on the left wing to cover for deficiencies in that area, which reduced his effectiveness and it also became harder to get him into the game. He also suffered a couple of injuries and some illness which kept him out of a few games too.
However, Lennon fell out
of contention for a first team place under Mauricio
Pochettino amid rumours of a dressing room incident and
in February 2015, he was allowed to leave on loan to
join Everton until the end of the season. The move
was made permanent after the start of the 2015-16 season
and he scored in the game at Goodison Park that season,
but had the respect not to celebrate too much.