aaron lennon - fact file

2005 - 2015            winger

FULL NAME :  AARON JUSTIN LENNON
 

Born on 16th April 1987 in Leeds, England.

Height : - 1.67m

Weight : -  66.7 kgs


 

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.
 

NICKNAME :  Lenny; Roadrunner; Azza

 

Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Leeds United (Academy Scholar) July 2003 - ??  ?? ??
Leeds United (Professional) April 2004 - 23rd August 2003  v  Tottenham Hotspur (away) (Premier League)  Lost 1-2  43 1
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR July 2005 £2,000,000 27th August 2005 v Chelsea (Home) (Premier League)  Lost 0-2 - -
Everton 2nd February 2015 Loan 7th February 2003  v  Everton (home) (Premier League) drew 0-0  (as a sub) - -
Everton 1st September 2015 Undisclosed ?? - -
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
Leeds United
38 League appearances; 1 goal
?? FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
?? League Cup appearances; 0 goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
- League appearances; - goals
- FA Cup appearances; - goals
- League Cup appearances; - goals
- European appearances; - goals
Everton (loan)
?? League appearances; ?? goal
?? FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
?? League Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals
Everton
?? League appearances; ?? goal
?? FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
?? League Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals

 

League Debut as a substitute on 27th August 2005  v  Chelsea (H)  Lost 0-2

Milestones
100th career appearance :  Bolton Wanderers
(Premier League) (home) 25th February 2007
200th career appearance :  Manchester United
(League Cup Final) (Wembley) League Cup final   1st March 2009
400th
career appearance :  Partizan Belgrade (Europa League) (home) 27th November 2014
150th THFC appearance :  Burnley (League Cup Semi-Final second leg)  6th January 2009
50th THFC European appearance :  Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Europa League Round of 32, Second leg) (home)  27th February 2014
250th THFC Premier League appearance :  Chelsea (Premier League) (away)  8th March 2014
 

Honours
England international  (as of 25.05.12)
19 full caps;  0 goals
England B international
2 full cap;  0 goals
Under-21
5 caps; 0 goals
Under-19
1 cap; 0 goals
Under-17
15 caps; 0 goals
Under-16
8 caps; 0 goals
League Cup winners medal 2007-2008 (THFC)
BBC Radio London Young Footballer of the Year 2006

           

2011

First memories of kicking a ball : - From as young as I can remember I was always kicking a ball around with my brother and Dad. There was an astro-turf pitch literally just across the road so everyday I'd be there playing football.

As a youngster played football and did sprints at school.

First played for Yorkshire Amateurs, when about seven, then joined Leeds United when nine.

Played at Elland Road in an FA Youth Cup, but first appearance for the first team was at White Hart Lane when 16, coming on as a sub

Would really like to play at the Nou Camp. Seeing it on TV, it looks amazing, a real football cathedral and I'd love to have the opportunity to play there one day.

Wembley Stadium is the best stadium been to as it is an unbelievable venue, even when you train there and it's empty, it feels massive, but when it's full it has a special feeling.

Used to watch the Brazilian Ronaldo when young, had all his DVDs and was watching them all the time. Also watched Ryan Giggs.

Enjoys watching Usain Bolt. Enjoys watching athletics, especially the 100m. Bolt is so confident when he competes and is a real entertainer, who's brought a new dimension to the sport. Would want to be the Jamaican sprinter for a day if he could chose anyone, as he would like to experience the feeling of a 100m final.

Ronaldo is his all time sporting hero as he idolised him and had his posters on his wall. Had a big influence on Aaron and he wanted to play like him.

First Olympics he remembers were Atlanta 1996, with Michael Johnson winning the 200m and 400m in his golden boots.

Favourite Olympic moments are Usain Bolt winning the 100m and 200m in Beijing, as his world records were awesome and nobody had seen sprints run like that before.

Favourite Olympians are Linford Christie, Maurice Green and Michael Johnson.

Would like to compete in the 100m – as it would be the only one he could ever compete in.

Won “Fastest in Leeds” competition over 100m when he was 13 or 14 and won a medal for that.

Has played a bit of table tennis and pool, but not any other sports since starting to play football. Would like to have a go at Formula 1 just to experience what it's like to be in those cars.

Favourite games console game is FIFA 12.
 

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