It’s widely known at this point that Everton have very few wide players in their squad, and among those, only Ademola Lookman and Aaron Lennon could be considered having anything close to pace.
Recently, Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp wanted to acquire Lennon on loan to provide his side with some Premier League level talent and experience. That move never materialized, but now a bigger club and better manager are after Aaron’s services - Marco Silva and Watford.
Gerard Deulofeu is gone, while Yannick Bolasie and Seamus Coleman are hurt. As currently constructed, Lennon is the Blues’ most direct winger. He also provides a defensive work-rate that is a breath of fresh air among Everton’s attackers.
It’s improbable that Ronald Koeman can find a place for Lennon in his starting eleven, but the Englishman can provide a valuable service off the bench, perhaps even regularly.
Furthermore, Lennon has only recently come back from the health issues he struggled with for the majority of last season, and stability may be at the forefront of his mind going into the league campaign.
Shipping Aaron Lennon off to Watford, Birmingham, or anywhere else would be a mistake by Everton. The club needs seasoned professionals as they move into a season that includes European football, and Lennon still possesses traits that can help the team.