Three reasons why Leeds should bring PL star back to Elland Road (not Delph)
COMMENT By Will Butcher
Leeds would take a huge step towards securing a first return to the Premier League in 13 years by re-signing Everton’s Aaron Lennon.
The 29-year-old is out of favour at Goodison Park, with the likes of Kevin Mirallas, Ademola Lookman and Enner Valencia all vying for a spot in the first team while Yannick Bolasie looks to return from a long-term knee injury.
With two weeks remaining in the January transfer window, here are three reasons why Leeds should bring their academy graduate back to Yorkshire.
Playing for your boyhood club brings out the best in some footballers. If Lennon returned to the side that he made his professional debut for, the England international could inspire Garry Monk’s side into securing promotion to the top flight for the first time since their dramatic financial collapse of 2004. Starring on the flank, his dazzling skill and electrifying pace could be the key difference to Monk’s side that will see them gain promotion or remain in the Championship for an eighth year.
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Lack of width
It comes as no surprise that the Yorkshire giants are lacking width. Possessing just two recognised wingers in their squad in Sporting Lisbon loanee Hadi Sacko and Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas, Monk has been forced to play striker Souleymane Doukara out wide. Although the Senegalese forward has impressed, bringing in a winger should be a priority of Monk’s with less than two weeks left in the transfer window. Lennon, who left Leeds in 2005 to join Tottenham, would boost Monk’s options on the flanks.
Contract running out
Making just six Premier League starts, Everton could be tempted to cash in on their number 12 as his contract has less than 18 months remaining. In a year’s time, Lennon would be able to talk to non-English clubs on a free transfer and the Toffees should look at offloading him now in order to earn some cash for their pocket-sized winger. That could allow Leeds, with the backing of new co-owner Andrea Radrizzani, to swoop for Lennon in a cut-price deal and add more threat to their attack.
In other Leeds transfer news, Monk has received a blow in his reported pursuit of this League One star as Norwich throw their hat into the ring.