Troubled Everton winger Aaron Lennon is grateful for the “incredible” support he has received during his trying times. Since the player’s mental health issues became public news, numerous persons have shown support for the player and the case of mental health in sports has received prominence.
The Toffees star returned to training last week, after months in detention over his mental health status. The 30-year old is now focused on returning to the game after some time out.
“There is amazing help out there, and anyone feeling anything out of the ordinary should seek support. The support I have had from Everton, Spurs, their fans, football fans and concerned members of the general public has been incredible,” the player said.
He thanked the clubs, his family and everyone concerned for the help rendered during his trying times. The player moved to Goodison Park in 2015 from White Hart Lane. Since February, he has not played in the first team of Ronald Koeman’s, leading to some Western Sydney Wanderers transfer rumours, but he has confirmed that he will be staying put at Everton.
Koeman says he is happy that the player has resumed training despite “a hard time at the end of the season.” The player is currently working on getting back in shape after the time out.
Lennon was detained by the police due to the Mental Health Act but he is expected to make his full recovery and probably get some action when the season resumes.
Everton have made quite some business in the transfer market this summer. With the players that have come in ahead of their Europa League appearance in the coming term, it would be more competitive but Koeman could hand Lennon a role in local tournaments.