Lennon Would Not Sulk Even without First-Team Opportunities

Everton midfielder Aaron Lennon says that he will not sulk despite losing his place in the first team in recent weeks.

Lennon was brought to the club in the summer of 2015 by former boss Roberto Martinez. However, he has struggled to become a first team regular under the regime of Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman was appointed as the manager of Everton in the summer. Since then, Lennon has been in and out of the starting lineup and it has really affected his form. He has so far not contributed any goals while coming up with only one assist.

After an extended absence from the first team, Lennon finally managed to complete 90 minutes of football in the recent 1-0 loss against Liverpool. This is the first time he has been able to finish a league game. Known for his pace, Lennon would be an ideal candidate to provide strikers like Romelu Lukaku with ammunition.

However, his only assist in the league so far came in the 3-2 win over Watford. He came on as a substitute and certainly made an impression. It is not a surprise that his recent run in the first team has been as a result of the performance against Watford.

Lennon says that he has certainly learned a lot from the past six months.”I want to play every game but a new manager comes in and decides he wants to play a new formation or different player then you have to accept it.I’m at that age where I know sulking is not going to benefit me and I’ll just work as hard as I can on the training pitch and wait for my time. I’ve got older and wiser and noticed [sulking] didn’t help me when I’ve done it in the past as a young kid. You see other players it’s not benefited as well,” said Lennon.